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Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN

OBITUARY

Nancy Darlyn Ebert

May 11, 1934July 28, 2020
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Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell Ebert; son, Dale Ebert; sister, Bettie Perez.

Nancy will be deeply missed by her children, David Ebert, Michael Ebert, Paula Gisselquist and Heidi (Tim) Hoffman; grandchildren, Jason, Theresa, Dereck (Tonya), Nancy (Jeremy), Billy (Kristen), Lindsey and Jared; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Isaiah, Allison, Emilyn, Mikayla and Dylan; sister, Ruth Rangel; brother, Louis Curtis.

Nancy was a Past President of Sgt. John Rice VFW Post 6316. She loved cooking, sewing, camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends. She was a wonderful soul who we will miss greatly.

Visitation will take place on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 5pm to 8pm at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids.

Private family service and interment at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Billy Gisselquist
  • Jared Hoffman
  • Will Pearson
  • Jason Ebert
  • Isaiah Theis
  • Kelly Coleman

Services

17 August

Evening Visitation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gearhart Coon Rapids Chapel

11275 Foley Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Memories

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Nancy Browning

August 14, 2020

Drawing from Great granddaughter Allison Browning age 8.

"GG Nancy is so funny and made me laugh when I painted her nails and said my fingers feels wet".

Nancy Browning

August 14, 2020

Drawing by Great granddaughter Mikayla Browning age 6.

"I love and miss you GG Nancy" says Mikayla

Nancy Browning

August 13, 2020

Drawing from Great Granddaughter Emilyn Browning Phoenix, Arizona.

"I will miss GG Nancy, I loved to play dolls with her" says Emilyn age 8.

Lindsey Hoffman

August 11, 2020

Grandma Nancy has been a presence in my life since I was little. One of my favorite memories was visiting her in Arizona. It was a long time ago, but I still remember the smell of the lemon trees, and the cactus in the front yard that would only bloom at night. I remember all of the adventures she would take me on, like when we went to a small market in Mexico for a day, or rode a motorcycle around the block.

I remember what an amazing cook Grandma was. She would fix up delicious dishes with ease, and it seemed as though she had a recipe for everything. One of my favorite dishes she made was tamales, which she would devote an entire day to making. She was also known for her amazing soups, which she would serve at the church during Lent. I’m thankful that Grandma passed these recipes down to my mom so that she can be remembered through something that brings comfort and happiness.

Grandma will always be remembered as the kind, loving person she was. I will never forget the time she spent with me when I was young, and the contributions she’s made to make my life better. The memories we share will keep her with us forever.

J Hoffman

August 11, 2020

Nancy’s unwavering altruism, compassion, and commitment to others permeated through every gesture she made. Her warmth and kindness were felt with an infectious zeal among those fortunate enough to have experienced her grace, I was lucky to have been one of such people.

I always found her resolve particularly encouraging. Always pure, extending in all directions impartially. I would like to think the circumstances of her life inspired a strong personality to emerge, a trait shared by my own mother.

I see the substantial influence of Nancy’s life in many places. One Christmas specifically started a personal trend that continues to this day. She gave me a pair of black wool gloves for the winter (which was particularly brutal that year.) Although the original pair has since dissolved past the point of use, every year subsequent I’ll purchase a new pair and be reminded of my grandmothers’ warmth.

“Your life was a blessing
Your memory a treasure...
You are loved beyond words
And missed beyond measure."
- Renee Wood

FROM THE FAMILY

1937, age 3

FROM THE FAMILY

Ma & Uncle Louie, 1937

FROM THE FAMILY

Sunshine Camp 1939. First boyfriend Willie Swerdlick

FROM THE FAMILY

Ma & Aunt Bettie 1940

FROM THE FAMILY

Elementary School

FROM THE FAMILY

1937, age 3

FROM THE FAMILY

Ma & Uncle Louie, 1937

FROM THE FAMILY

Sunshine Camp 1939. First boyfriend Willie Swerdlick

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Ma & Aunt Bettie 1940

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Elementary School

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Junior High School Pic

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Confirmation 1948

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Pretty Little Thing!

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Posing for a Picture!

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Dimples!

Biography

When Nancy walked into the room, those in her company felt an energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Nancy was and how she impacted those around her. Nancy was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if she wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Nancy was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Nancy was born on May 11, 1934 at Minneapolis General Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Waldo and Edna Curtis. Nancy was raised in Minneapolis. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Nancy might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Nancy was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Nancy was raised with three siblings. She had two older sisters, Ruth and Bettie and one older brother Louie. Her family was close. Over the years she would share stories about growing up during the depression and spending time with her cousins Dick, Charlie and Grace "up north" in Cambridge, MN.

      As a young girl, Nancy was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Nancy was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Nancy was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Nancy was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Juanita and Roberta. Later in life, she became friends with several people from the Blaine VFW.

      On June 28th, 1952 Nancy married Russell Elroy Ebert at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer of Minneapolis. Nancy's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Russell's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Nancy was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Nancy was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Nancy, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Ebert home. Nancy's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Nancy was blessed with five children: three sons, Dave, Dale and Mike, and two daughters, Paula and Heidi. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Jason, Theresa, Dereck, Nancy, Billy, Lindsey and Jared.

      Nancy was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was office work and worked within the invoice processing team. She was employed for several years and retired from Target Corporation. Nancy was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Nancy had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Nancy's fellow workers saw her as a fun-loving team player.

      Because Nancy loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were cooking, sewing/crafts and camping/fishing. Nancy had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes.

      Throughout her life, Nancy was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Nancy seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Nancy usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout the years, Nancy was an active member of the Blaine VFW and Auxiliary.

      Nancy was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member Christ Lutheran Church for 33 years. During that time, she was involved in volunteer activities during Lent and cooking shelter meals. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Nancy's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Nancy took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included road trips throughout the United States, spending winters in Arizona, the Mexican Riviera Cruise and Norway.

      Nancy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Maggie, a Boston Terrier and Honey Bunny, a Papillon who brought her much joy and happiness.

      When Nancy's retirement finally came in 1989, Nancy handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Nancy to master. Her new life involved relocating to Arizona during the winter months and traveling back to Minnesota in the Summer months. In retirement, she found pleasure in spending time with family and friends, volunteering and traveling. Even in retirement, Nancy continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Nancy Ebert passed away on July 28, 2020 at Homestead Senior Living in Anoka, Minnesota. Nancy battled Dementia and had suffered several strokes over the last 5 years. She is survived by her children Dave, Mike, Paula and Heidi; her grandchildren Jason, Theresa, Dereck, Nancy, Billy, Lindsey and Jared; her sister Ruth and brother Louie. Services were held at Gearhart Funeral Home. Nancy was laid to rest in Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Nancy. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Nancy for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Nancy was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

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