Nancy Jo (Carroll) RAU (1944 - 2018)

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RAU Nancy Jo (Carroll) (Age 74) Nancy Jo Rau, of Liberty Lake, WA, passed into the arms of her Savior on December 23, 2018. She lost her battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer and passed away at home with her husband Tom, daughter Crystal and son Tracy at her bedside. Nancy was born in Whitehall, Montana on July 17, 1944 to Don and Carolyn Carroll, Twin Bridges, Montana. She attended school in Twin Bridges graduating in June, 1962. While attending business school in Great Falls, Montana, she met her soulmate and partner for life Tom and they were married in Lauren, Montana, on April 20, 1963. After Tom was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in August, 1964, they moved to Vancouver, WA, to resume their life together. She started her federal service career with Federal Highways in Vancouver and worked almost 35 years, retiring in 2006 in Spokane with Natural Resources Conservation Service. After her retirement, she and Tom became "snow birds", purchasing a home in a golf course gated community in Sun Lakes, AZ., spending their winters enjoying the sunshine and golfing up to five days a week. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren as she became a very positive influence on their lives as they grew up to become adults. Nancy's parents Don and Carolyn preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving brother Clyde, Twin Bridges, and with his wife Pat who was like a sister to her, and is very close to numerous cousins that she grew up with. Nancy's Celebration of Life services will be held in the Spokane area sometime this summer at a time yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Spokane.
Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 30, 2018