Nancy Lamb Pierce-Rogowski
January 16, 2013
Nancy Lamb Pierce-Rogowski, age 67, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on January 16, 2013 at the Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas from post-surgery complications.
Nancy was born in Seattle, WA, December 17, 1945 the daughter of Robert Ray and Rosie (Valach) Lamb where the family was stationed during World War II. After the war the family moved to Miles City, MT. After graduating from High School in 1963 from Custer County High School, Nancy continued her education at MCC and Montana State University, Bozeman, Mt. From MSU in 1967 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education and Extension. This degree was followed by a Master of Science Degree from the University Nevada, Reno in Home Economics Education and Child Development/Family Life. Following her graduation from college she moved to Nevada to be county extension agent in Fernly, NV. On March 25, 1972 Nancy and Richard Pierce were married in Reno, Nevada. They made their home in Reno until they divorced in the early 1980's. Nancy taught in the Washoe County Schools and was Home Economics Supervisor for the State Department of Education, being named the Outstanding Woman of America by the National Home Economic Association in 1970 & 71. During time she also participated in other organizations where she was honored by her fellow educators.
From Reno Nancy moved to Las Vegas to teach Hotel Management at the Area Technical Trade Center. During this time she was elemental in the development of many of the programs that are still being utilized today. In 1989, she received the Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Nevada, again being acknowledged for her outstanding contributions to the field of education. In December of 1989, Nancy married Tim Rogowski who passed in 1993. They enjoyed many trips to Europe and other destinations visiting family and friends. In 1998 Nancy retired from the Trade Center and began her association with the California/Nevada/Hawaii State Association of Emblem Clubs, an affiliated organization of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks thus following in her parent's footsteps. Her love for the organization was shown by her serving in virtually every office over the years culminating with the Presidency of the Tri-State Association in 2010-11. She also found time to work with Salvation Army, Red Hatters and may other educational groups receiving many acknowledgements and awards for her endless service. Since 1995 Nancy and Wayne Leroy have shared their lives together creating many wonderful memories.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Rosie and Robert Ray Lamb and numerous aunts and uncles. She is survived by her life partner Wayne Leroy, an aunt, Mildred Valach, her cousins: Arlis (Don) Bidwell, Barbara Mrachek, Dale (Suzanne) Valach, Clint Perkins, Joslyn (Mike) Sindelar and numerous beloved extended family members.
A memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Elks, 2939 Van Der Meer Street, Las Vegas, Nevada. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:www.stevensonandsons.com.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 27, 2013