Nancy Jane Thurston, 79 of Las Cruces, N.M. died peacefully Saturday April 7, 2014 at Mesilla Valley Hospice La Posada. She was born to Lewis and Lula Everitt on Dec. 29, 1934 in Lancaster, Ohio. She moved to Las Cruces in 1983 from Madison, Ind. where she was employed at Jefferson Proving Grounds for many years. Nancy loved all four legged fiends, gourmet food, shopping and socializing; she was a friend to all. Nancy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her life companion IK Petersen of Las Cruces, N.M., niece, Lisa Benham of Corona, Calif., and her sister Lydia Cox. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Richard L Everitt and Lewis C. Everitt Jr. and 4 sisters, Betty Tryon, Carole Schuknecht, Mary Jo Raney and Sharon Hostetler. A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at Getz Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers Nancy's family asks that donation be made in her name to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 1779 Newport Beach, CA 92659-0139 Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home and Getz Family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.