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Of Indiana, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at her home. A daughter of Clarice Bond and William Gibson, she was born on April 22, 1927, in Donie, Texas. A banker in Burkburnett, Texas, Nell agreed to a blind date with a young drilling contractor from Pennsylvania who was in Wichita Falls to purchase a drilling rig. Within a short period of time, he not only added rigs to his fleet but also won the love of his life, Nell, as his wife. An avid athlete, Nell competed in high school sports. Her greatest athletic victories came later on the golf course. She won the club championship 10 times at Indiana Country Club and also won the championships at Oakmont Country Club ad Desert Forest Golf Club (Carefree, AZ). She was a great and vocal partner of her husband, Samuel W. Jack, Jr. Together they grew a small natural gas drilling company into an industry leader and created what was once the largest natural gas production company east of the Mississippi River. She was extremely proud to see her daughter, Christine Toretti, take over management of the family enterprise upon the death of her husband. A strong woman with definite opinions, she became a fierce advocate for the advancement of women, specifically in the athletic arena. As a result, she supported women's athletics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania through the Nell Jack Classic. She was awarded the President's Medal of Distinction from IUP in 2015. IUP President Michael Driscoll said, "Mrs. Jack has been actively engaged and has supported the university and the community her entire public life. It was my honor on behalf of the university to present her with the President's Medal of Distinction for dedication and support in 2015, a well-deserved recognition of all she has done for the university. She has my admiration and respect, and I feel fortunate to have gotten to know her during my time at IUP. She will be missed." The most important aspect of her life was her family. Nothing brought her more joy than taking trips with her sister, Maxine, and spending time with her daughter and three grandsons. Nell is survived by her daughter, Christine Jack Toretti, of Indiana; and her three grandsons, Joseph and Maxwell, of Los Angeles, and Matthew, of Indiana; and one great-grandson. Her parents, her husband and her three siblings preceded her in death. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at ROBINSON-LYTLE, INC., Indiana. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana, with the Rev. David Hanna and the Rev. Richard Cassel officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Foundation for IUP/Eberly College of Business Energy Resource Center, 103 Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705-1046.


Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 6, 2018
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