Anne Catherine "Nancy" Thurmond
1936 - 2021
February 28, 1936
May 6, 2021
Duggan Dolan Mortuary - Butte
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, MT 59701

Anne Catherine "Nancy" Thurmond, 85

February 28, 1936 – May 06, 2021

A superb mother and nurse journeyed from her earthly life on May 06, 2021, National Nurses Day. Anne Catherine "Nancy" (O'Hare) Thurmond was born in Anaconda, MT on February 28th, 1936 to Irish immigrants Stephen and Mary (Delappe) O'Hare. A child of the depression, Anne grew up with her older brother Stephen in the family home on East Commercial Street. After the sudden loss of her father when she was eleven, the family opened their Anaconda home to borders, many of whom worked at the smelter. One border who was especially fond of Anne nicknamed her "Nancy". The nickname stuck and Anne became known as Nancy to many. Anne completed elementary education at St. Peter's Catholic School, where she was Valedictorian, also the youngest member of the graduating class of Anaconda Central High School in 1953. Following high school, Anne attended Carroll College, where she received her degree as a registered nurse. After college, she worked at St. James Hospital in Butte; the start of a wonderful nursing career which spanned much of her life.

On June 25, 1960, Anne married the love of her life, Paul Willard Thurmond, a handsome pilot who flew for Butte Aero. They were married at St. Peters Church in Anaconda, MT, and began their life together in Butte, where they purchased and expanded … more than once, the family home on Wynne Avenue. The Thurmond tribe included nine children: Paul, Mary, Dot, Jim, Nancy, John, Steve, Tim and Lee. A free-range parent before the term was known, Anne's guiding hand and unconditional love are appreciated by her six boys and three girls.

Anne's strong Catholic faith has been an important part of her life and she and Paul were active parish members at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Some of Anne's other pursuits included obtaining an amateur (ham) radio license, golfing, hunting (grouse and antelope were much enjoyed), ceramics, crocheting, fishing, and camping in the family's Cozy Cruiser camp trailer. Anne resumed her nursing career in 1976 at The Butte Park Royal, initially as a part-time night shift nurse and eventually retiring as the assistant Director of Nursing.

Following retirement, Anne and Paul enjoyed many trips around the country in their RV and a trip to Ireland to visit the Old Country. They enjoyed trips to the southwest US and Oregon to visit her brother, Steve, his wife, Dorothy, and their children, Cathy, Steve, Peggy, Tricia, and families. More than anything, Anne and Paul enjoyed taking walks together in their retirement.

In later years, Anne became an active member of the Butte Family YMCA where she met new friends Ann, Larry, Lillian, Rick, Kenny and the Dave's. She loved visiting, sipping coffee, and reading "The Standard" after using the treadmill or exercise bike. Following mornings at The Y she was off to volunteer at The Butte Emergency Food Bank or the RSVP program with Butte School District #1. She was warmly received as "Grandma Anne" by the Hillcrest Hornets, particularly Mrs. Cindy Merrick's 2nd grade class.

Anne's family is grateful for the life she lived and for her many friends, especially Mary Monk, Ann Bachman, Karen Bernier, Sandy Mattioli, Rita Ziegler, and her sister-in-law, Dorothy O'Hare, who were her dear friends since Nursing School.

Many thanks are extended to Dr. Pullman, Erin Leber PAC, Krista Bryson RN, Brandon West RN, Liz at the front desk, and Karen in the lab, at Mercury Street Medical for years of great health care, and to Compasses Hospice and 406 Quality Home Care for helping Anne realize her desire to die in her own home where she proved to be an incredibly gentle patient.

Anne was preceded in death by husband Paul Thurmond in 2008 and son Jim Thurmond in 1993. She is survived by her brother Steve O'Hare and wife Dorothy. Surviving children are Paul (Shelley) Thurmond, Mary (Mike) Trimble, Dot (Don) Warner, Nancy (Eric) Wikle, John (Dee Dee) Thurmond, Steve (Margaret) Thurmond, Tim (Lydia) Thurmond and Lee Thurmond. Surviving grandchildren include Brynn (Dion Glanton) & Teague Barry, Brandon, Giordyn & Griff Warner, Austin (Courtney) Thurmond, Madison (Kyle)Hall, Olivia Thurmond, Stephen Thurmond, Esther, Sherina, Declan & Joshua Thurmond and Roan Thurmond. Great grandchildren include Kingston and Kai Glanton and expected baby Hall.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 19th from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St John's the Evangelist Catholic Church on Thursday, May 20th at 11:00 am, Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Please join the family for a celebration of Anne's life following services at The Copper King Hotel. In lieu of flowers, Anne requested donations be made to St. John's Catholic Church or the Butte Emergency Food Bank.

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Published by The Montana Standard from May 8 to May 11, 2021.
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Duggan Dolan Mortuary - Butte
1805 Meadowlark Lane, Butte, MT 59701
Duggan Dolan Mortuary - Butte
1805 Meadowlark Lane, Butte, MT 59701
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Anne, the wife of my cousin Paul, and I communicated over e-mail for a number of years. I always found her messages to be upbeat and filled with love of her family. May her children and grandchildren find comfort in the fact that Anne lived a life of love and purpose.
Nancy Rademacher Botchek
May 29, 2021
To the Thurmond family, I'm deeply sorry for your loss, I saw her a few years back at Stokes market, we walked by each other and she said my name, I hadn't seen her in decades, we talked for 10 minutes , she got me all caught up. I'm forever greatful that is saw her and have thought of her often since, RIP Anne.
Thomas Weis
May 19, 2021
Mammoet SHEQ Team
May 18, 2021
Your Team at NWE
May 13, 2021
My sympathy to Dot and all of the Thurmond family on the loss of you Mom Anne. She was such a wonderful Lady and great Nurse and it was truly honor to work with her.
Sue Konda
May 13, 2021
A beautiful woman gone to God...blessings to her precious family and friends
Joanne and Jim Cortese
May 13, 2021
We are sorry to hear about Anne. She was an amazing person and made a positive impact on so many people over the years. Aidan also got to know her when he was a Hillcrest Hornet. She will be missed.
Shaun Rohret
May 12, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Thurmond family. I remember your mom from our Butte Tarpon Swim Team days. She was always so nice to us kids. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy West and family
May 11, 2021
your mom was a born care giver very kind she will be missed but know there is a new angel looking watch over all of you
colleen nelson
May 11, 2021
Dear Thurmonds, Your mother was very kind and patient. And, even though she already had a large family to feed, she would always make a seat at the table for any visitor. I hope you will be comforted by the memory of her many good deeds and her full and remarkable life.
Mark Lombardi
May 11, 2021
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family of Anne. She was truly an amazing woman and a very dear friend. I Loved working with her at the food bank. Rita and I will miss her dearly.
Ann Bachman
May 8, 2021