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Nancy Lee Williams Church was born May 6, 1926, to William Ralph and Mona May Littrell Williams in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the fourth of five children born into this close and loving family.
She graduated in 1943 from Southwest High School where she was a part of the award-winning choir and a member of Kappa Epsilon Gamma. While attending the University of Missouri at Kansas City, she met the love of her life, Darrell Church, and they were married on September 30, 1944. When Darrell returned to UMKC after World War II, Nancy began working for the CJ Patterson Company. She also sang with Big Bands at the Kansas City Club.
After graduation from dental school, Nancy and Darrell moved briefly to Stockton, Missouri, where Darrell practiced with Dr. C.N. Hall. In 1953, they moved to Buffalo, Missouri, where Darrell began his own dental practice. In 1981, after Darrell retired, they moved to their beautiful home in Springfield. They both were active members of Twin Oaks Country Club and loved playing golf together and with their many friends. Nancy continued to be a part of her bridge club until her death.
Nancy was the consummate homemaker. She loved nothing more than taking care of her family. She loved antiques and spent many hours refinishing her "beautiful finds". She quilted, did needle point, knitted, caned chairs and canned fruits and vegetables from her garden. She was an amazing cook and especially took pride in her stellar holiday meals.
She was a doting mother to Jane and Linda and an adoring grandmother to Thomas and Robin, her two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by Darrell, her husband of 66 years; her brothers William Ralph Williams, Jr. and his wife Lois; Warren Sherman Williams and his wife Betty; one sister, Laura Jean Williams Woloszyn and her husband, Ted; brothers-in-law Earl Robertson, Wood Lyda and Glen Miller; and nephews William Robertson and James Williams.
She is survived by her daughters, Jane Knabb and Linda Reynier; her son-in-law Andy Knabb; her grandson, Thomas Church; granddaughters Robin Rosales and her husband, Daniel, and Tiffany Knabb; her sister, Mona Belle Miller; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.
Funeral services are Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 2:00 pm at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Harmony House, the Family Violence Prevention Center in Springfield, Missouri.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole
Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2012