Madeline Michelle Nance (1994 - 2012)

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Madeline Michele Nance
June 26, 1994 - December 13, 2012 Madeline Michelle Nance, born June 26, 1994 in Juneau, Alaska, died December 13, 2012 in Sacramento, California. She was a 2012 graduate of Thunder Mountain High School.
In grade school and middle school she was active in swimming and soccer. She also had a beautiful singing voice, as well as a passion for ballet where she excelled to pointe shoes and was cast as "girl doll" in a production of the Nutcracker.
She was intellectually active, questioned authority wherever possible, and sided with the under dog. She enjoyed music, movies, reading, cooking and baking. She was attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts at the time of her death.
She loved animals. Her many pets included everything from mice, horses, guppies, chickens, fish, three dogs, a horse, numerous cats and a chinchilla.
During summers she visited her grandmother's ranch in Oregon, where she truly was a cowgirl. She spent most of her time riding her Appaloosa, Spot. They covered many miles of sagebrush and forest.
She also loved children and at family gatherings would spend her time playing with younger cousins and her new nephew, Elijah.
Madeline is survived by her mother Christine Moleski and loving step-father, Stephen Masters of Juneau; sister Amanda Underwood (Dan) and nephew Elijah, Indianapolis, IN; grandparents Wendy Moleski, Jesse Moleski, Syracuse, NY; Aunt Mary Landale (Ed), Medford, MA; Uncle John Moleski, Palm Beach, FL; Aunt Anna Cohen (Craig), NYC, NY; Uncle Jeffrey Moleski, Syracuse, NY; Aunt Sharon Moleski (Richard), Eatontown, NJ; grandparents Hank and Kay Masters, Juneau; Uncle Mark (Stacy) Masters, Carson City, NV; Uncle Eric (Leola) Masters, Juneau; Aunt Melissa (Paul) Zahasky, Juneau; and cousins Timothy, Jeffrey, Claudia, Arden, Maya, Sarah, Henry, Alex, Rachel (Tom), Harrison, Ben, Karlyn (Bryan), Laura, Quinn, and Abigail.
Also, her father, Ivan Nance (partner Lauren) of Juneau; grandparents Bonnie Nance, Prairie City, OR; Ralph Nance, Pendleton, OR; and Uncle Jay Nance, Boise, ID.
Even in her death, Madeline wanted to be able to help others, saving strangers' lives by being an organ donor. We believe Madeline was called to heaven to be a comforting angel for those needing love and compassion. She would want us to forever believe something wonderful is coming and to never take for granted the day and the joy it brings. To remember her, make the most of the time you have with your children, family and friends. Smile, cherish the little things and remember to hug the ones you love.
A memorial service will take place on December 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Condolences may be sent to: PO Box 32976, Juneau, AK 99803 (Moleski/Masters), 3310 Nowell Street, Juneau, AK, 99801 (Nance)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gastineau Humane Society in her name.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Dec. 21, 2012 to Jan. 20, 2013
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