Nancy Lee O'Donnell

Plano, Texas

Aug 10, 1943 – Jun 29, 2018 (Age 74)

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August 10, 1943
June 29, 2018
Plano, Texas


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Nancy Lee O'Donnell was born on August 10, 1943, and passed away on June 29, 2018.

Nancy was the first of Allen and Peggy O'Donnell's four daughters. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and for most of her life, lived in Dallas, Texas.

From the time that Nancy could hold a book, she was a voracious reader. Growing up in the 1950's, Nancy liked popular music, especially watching Dick Clark's American Bandstand and listening to the Kingston Trio. She enjoyed spending time with friends, as well as talking on the phone to everyone who happened to be on her party line.

Nancy graduated from Highland Park High School in 1961, and Texas Tech University in 1965, where she majored in history. In 1966, her independent spirit and love of adventure took her to Tanzania, Africa, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching history in a girl's secondary school. Nancy loved Africa and spent some of her happiest years there. She enjoyed her students, friends, traveling, seeing animals in their
natural settings, and experiencing the African way of life. One of her greatest joys was climbing
Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to her small size, she was told she would never reach the top of the mountain, but this only made her more determined to finish the climb, which she did. After serving in the Peace Corps, Nancy attended graduate school in Mexico at the University of the Americas Puebla, where she studied anthropology. After leaving Mexico, she returned to Dallas and spent many enjoyable years teaching at various schools in the Dallas Independent School District. Her students meant the world to her and she was so pleased with them and their accomplishments.

Nancy was an avid reader who enjoyed every type of book, magazine, and newspaper. Among her favorites were books about history and all types of fiction. Wherever she lived she was surrounded by books, including her collection of cookbooks, which she'd happily share with family and friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Peggy. She is survived by her three sisters, Mary Pat Jackson, of Dallas, TX; Jane Allen Stuetzel (Otto) of Koenigsbrunn, Germany; and Anne Lindsay Munger (George), of Bellingham, WA. She is also survived by five nieces and their families (Shannon FitzGerald, Courtney White, Kim Hab, Chrissy Leuthold, and Betsy Stuetzel) and one nephew (Clark Munger and family). In addition, she is survived by seven great nieces and nephews.

We are thankful for our almost 75 years with Nancy. She will forever be in our hearts and memories.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 6, 2018, in the Chapel at Calvary Hill Funeral Home, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, TX 75220.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park, Texas 75205 or to the Highland Park Education Foundation and Alumni Association, 4201 Grassmere Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205.

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At the girls' school in Korogwe, Tanzania, where Nancy, Anne Wiggins and I taught together for two years we shared many dramas, and also the day to day, happily: the visit of President Nyerere, the bush fire which stopped just beside the school road, visits from the British Council showing ancient films. Nancy was a great enthusiast; I am so pleased to learn that she was a life-long teacher and her enthusiasm for her subject must have influenced many lives.

I clearly remember her...

On behalf of the Tanzania X Peace Corps family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Nancys family. We can certainly identify with the sentiments expressed in Nancys life story, as those years from 1965 to 1968 were the best years of our lives. Anne, Bonnie, Scott, Vicki, Malcolm, Harvey, Lee, Lillis, Steve, Lou, Betty B, IB, Harlan, Kathie, Tom, Charles P, Paul, Roger, Dave, Bill, Kent, Angela, Harriet, Amelia, Winnie, Fritz, Stephanie, Latty, Elsbeth, Rich, Judy, Charles F. Ray

I have good memories of you Nancy. The most recent picture I won't forget is when Kimmy, Anna and myself came to visit. We all were together at Shannons house... family from all over got together. I still see youthoroughly enjoying the food and tv :)
You'll be missed. Still don't really realize it... but I know your doing better now... healthy... with your mom and dad...



You definitely did it your way! Yes, Nancy, I will miss you! I still purchase People Magazine every Thursday to take to you onFriday. Old habits never die!! Much love and Many Prayers, Mary Pat

Nancy, you will be missed but not forgotten. Especially your sister Jane will miss the telephone conversations throughout the year from Germany. Were not saying Goodbye as we will see each other at some time. Sending all our Love.
Stützels with Betsy, Leutholds with Ben and the Habs with Anna

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy, but grateful for her service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Tanzania.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association

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