Nancy Ann Whitmer

Nancy Ann Whitmer

Heaven welcomed a special Angel on Feb. 12, 2021. Nancy Ann Whitmer passed away peacefully in her home with family by her side. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mom's heavenly welcoming committee of God and loving family members rejoice on the clouds with their special reunion.

Nancy was born on Sept. 6, 1948, to Newman and Doris (Olson) Olsgaard in Jamestown, North Dakota, and had three siblings, Mary Beth, Dave and John. Mom had a great sense of humor; her laughter instantly filled a room with joy and she always had a twinkle in her eye.

Nancy graduated from Jamestown High School and her classmates remember her as a friend to everyone. She moved to Billings in 1968 and started her 49-year career in banking with Wells Fargo and made lifelong friendships over the years. Mom met her sweetheart and husband of 50 years, Tom, at a New Year's Eve party six months after he returned from Vietnam in 1969. They married that following Thanksgiving and raised two daughters, Chris and Eileen. Her children were her greatest joy. Mom loved baking cookies with her grandchildren, reading, playing cards and her table was open to all, with extra goodies made and a meal ready.

Mom's greatest gift was loving everyone right where they were in life and making everyone feel heard and seen. One special gift was her compassion when working with the elderly and assisting those who are often overlooked. Her family takes comfort in the knowledge that now Nancy is experiencing the holy hospitality of God and is no longer struggling.

Special thanks and appreciation for the Gallagher family and staff at Compassus Hospice during the last days of her life. Their love and care of Mom and her family was truly exceptional.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Newman and Doris (Olson) Olsgaard of Jamestown; siblings, Mary Beth (Vern and Linda Anderson) of Bismarck, North Dakota, Dave (Addy Chambers) of Jamestown, John (Jane Olsgaard) of Columbia, South Carolina. Nancy is survived by her husband Tom; daughters Christine Soileau (Scott) and Eileen Purcell; Aunt June Lund (Al) of Bismarck; five grandchildren, Brian and Tori Soileau, Tate Fox and Lillian Purcell, Porter Soileau; two great-grandchildren, Estelle and Brixton Soileau; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A public visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. A private ceremony is being held for immediate family on Feb. 20, at 11 a.m., and the public may view the service by livestream at A graveside ceremony will be follow at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. at Mountview Cemetery.

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Published by Billings Gazette on Feb. 17, 2021.
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So sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. She was a special friend to my mom, Dolores Bernhardt, all the years they worked at the bank together. Nancy will be missed by so many. Much love to you all
Sherry Essmann
February 20, 2021
Nancy will always hold a special place in my heart. She was so caring, supportive, and genuinely a loving person. She will me missed by so many! Prayers to the family. Rest In Peace, Nancy.
Jodi Walter
February 18, 2021
Nancy was an awesome lady. She worked at the Bank with my Mother, Marie Morrow Wescott. My husband and I would take Mother to the ladies monthly dinners and Nancy´s smiling face would always greet us. Blessings to the family. Elsie Morrow Johnson
Elsie Morrow Johnson
February 18, 2021
I worked with Nancy at Wells Fargo. She was always helpful and always fun to be around. Most of all she was an incredibly caring person. She was very supportive to people who needed extra attention and care.
Joan Felke
February 18, 2021
Sending sincere sympathy to family and friends. May the memory of Nancy's smile and laughter bring the same warmth today as it did when you were last with her. RIP Nancy
Mickey Ash-Weiss
February 17, 2021
My deepest condolences to Tom and the rest of the family! Nancy was such a wonderful giving person! One of the things that always stuck out in my mind was that Nancy started working for the bank on the day I was born. She was always a hard worker and taught me more than a few things over the years. Nancy my friend, may you rest in peace!
Tina Rosenberg
February 17, 2021
We are sorry for your lost. It was always a joy to visit with your mom at church or in the grocery store. Our prayers are with your family. Lillian and Connie Hausauer
Connie Hausauer
February 17, 2021
Nancy was one in a million! We worked (and laughed) together back in our Personal Banking days circa 1980's. I know her passing is a great loss for her family and so many former coworkers and friends.
Merrill RiChey Meredith
February 17, 2021
She was the BEST. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dorothy Hanson
February 17, 2021
I worked with Nancy at First National Bank, many, many years ago. I remember what a sweet and fun person she was. She was a joy to work with.
Bonnie ODonnell
February 17, 2021
Oh Nancy, what a kind soul. I will always remember our talks at Wells Fargo. You were a great person and a beautiful friend. Rest In Peace.
Sherry Black
February 17, 2021