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COLLEEN L. NANCE died Friday, March 26, 2010 with family at her side. Colleen was born, one of 10 children of Nettie and Frank Leverich, July 29, 1924 in Baxter Springs, Kansas and married husband, Paul Nance 64 years ago. Colleen and Paul moved to Saudi Arabia in 1953, where he worked for Aramco for 31 years and they traveled to approximately 50 countries. Visiting Jerusalem and Petra in the 1950s, crossing the Atlantic over a dozen times by ocean liners, volunteering at the Women's Exchange and hospital in Dhahran, playing bridge with the ladies and most especially visiting family and friends on vacation were some of the experiences she treasured. Colleen and Paul spent most of their retirement years split between Ft Worth, TX and Kansas City, MO. While Paul pursued his museum passion she supported him as she did throughout their married life and his career with Aramco. She appreciated the relationship with and recognition by the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, where they donated the Nance Museum and hoped the University would eventually get the support necessary to more fully display the many artifacts in the collection. Colleen was passionate about tolerance and respect of different cultures and religions.Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters and 4 brothers and survived by Husband Paul Nance, two dear sisters Jean Kupchin, Husband Stan, and Joan Young and brother George Leverich, wife Diane, son Mark Nance, wife Janey Depew and son James Nance, wife Jill Nance.Three Grandchildren, Mark's daughter Cyndi Denham husband Jose Denham, James' daughters Jeni and Sara Nance and Two Great Grandchildren Shelbi Slater and Joseph Denham.The many nieces and nephews and their children were very dear to Colleen as were so very many close friends around the world.A special thank you to Prestonwood Rehab staff and in particular Julie, Amber, Beth, Colleen, Judy and Ginger(Goodwin Hospice) for their kind attention with respect and compassion during Mom's last hours and to a special friend and caregiver Connie Brown and special daughter Judy Wood.Colleen appreciated so very much the support of Rev Dr Donald Hogg of Westminster Presbyterian Church and others in the church who visited her numerous times in all the hospitals over four months. The church was very important to Colleen. The Funeral Services will be held Saturday April 10 at 10:30 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Please direct any donations in her name to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Trail Lake Dr., Ft Worth, TX 76133. As she wished, she will be cremated by the Neptune Society. You may contact family thru James Nance, 1204 Dame Susan Lane, Lewisville, TX 75056 or Mark Nance, 11614 Cedar Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77077.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2010
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