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Palm Southwest Mortuary

7979 W.Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Nancy Ann Nelson

February 7, 1944May 13, 2019
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Nancy Ann Nelson was born on February 7, 1944 in Denver, Colorado and passed away on May 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Memorial Tribute Friday, June 7, 2019

Memories

Nancy Ann Nelson

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JOHN MESSANA

June 8, 2019

Dear Gary, I was out of town for lovely Nancy's Memorial Service. She wasa kind and gentle lady and friend to me. I shall remember her in my heart.

Mary Valdes (Smith)

June 5, 2019

Nancy I will always remember your beautiful smile, energy, humor and kindness. You did so much for my mother and you brought her so much joy. I find solace in the fact that you passed on the anniversary of her passing. I know she was waiting with open arms and love, right next to your dear mother, her best friend. Peace to you dear Nancy. Your bright light shines on through your family and all that knew you. With love always.

Fred Wegener

June 5, 2019

Nan, you will always be in my thoughts, all of your deeds and the sharing you gave. I know you are in a great place. Love you always. Your caring ! Cuz, Fred

Vicki Upton

June 4, 2019

I didn't know Nancy too well, but she was such a great inspiration to me through my CMA days. Then being with Gary was a wonderful way to get to know her better. Nancy was so caring for family and friends. Condolences from Don and Vicki.

Troy Nelson

June 4, 2019

Jillian Nelson

June 4, 2019

Jillian Nelson

June 4, 2019

Jillian Nelson

June 4, 2019

FROM THE FAMILY

Nancy, Denees and Bella

FROM THE FAMILY

Nancy and Terry Fator

FROM THE FAMILY

Nancy, Denees and Bella

FROM THE FAMILY

Nancy and Terry Fator

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Nancy and Téa

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Nancy and Grammie

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Denees, Téa, Grammie and Nancy. Four generations

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Nancy at the beach

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Bella and Nana

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Nancy, Denees and Grammie

Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared, for someone else it would have to be Nancy Ann Nelson. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Nancy was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

Nancy was born on February 7, 1944 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, Colorado to Robert and Anna Smith. Nancy grew up in Denver and Nebraska for a short while and was raised with an older brother, Larry, and a younger brother, Kenny. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Nancy was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Nancy's personality throughout her life.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Nancy was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Nancy was always tactful. One thing Nancy will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Nancy had a number of interests and was an active child. She was a member of her school's choir. In her spare time she liked serving her community through charity.

For Nancy, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Nancy was also adept at details. Nancy was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1962.

There was one thing that all of Nancy's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Nancy was such a popular person throughout her life. But Nancy was also dependable, loyal, and trustworthy. Nancy was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Nancy was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Nancy was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Nancy was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Nancy made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were Linda and Sharon. Later in life, she became friends with Helen and Dave, Lori, Sharon, Linda, and Mary.

Harmony was important to Nancy and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Nancy was blessed with two children; a son, Troy, and a daughter, Denees. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Jillian, Jessica, Téa, Bella, and Gage. Nancy was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Nancy was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Nancy would listen before she would act.

Taking her work seriously came naturally to Nancy, and she expected the same from those around her. Nancy was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Nancy was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Nancy handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was as an Electrical Contractor and was one of the owners of Mojave Electric for 37 years. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

A methodical woman, Nancy enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. She loved reading books, gardening, decorating her house, playing cards, and spending time with friends and grandkids. Recreationally, Nancy loved tennis and bowling, and she was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Denver Broncos.

Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Nancy to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, Nancy did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout the years, Nancy was an active member of the Corvette Club and National Association of Women in Construction.

Not only did Nancy enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included taking cruises to Miami, California, Redwoods, Illinois, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and New York.

Nancy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Aqua-Bella, her munchkin cat, who was her best friend for 2 years. Her family was rounded out by her cats Meduka and Milean, her Maine-Coon cat.

Since it was easy for Nancy to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Her new life involved splitting her time between Las Vegas, Nevada and San Clemente, California. In retirement, she found new pleasure in having many lunch dates with friends, shopping, decorating, and dinners and nights with her friends. Even in retirement, Nancy stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

Nancy passed away on May 13, 2019 at home in Las Vegas after fighting a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her children, Troy and Denees; her five grandchildren; her brothers, Larry and Ken; and her companion, Gary. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Nancy was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Nancy was a down to earth person, outgoing, and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Nancy Ann Nelson.