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Nancy Nelson Davis
Nancy's life began on September 28, 1951, in Humboldt, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Wilmer H. and Pauline M. (Hefty) Nelson. Nancy is a 1969 graduate of Newton High School and continued her education while serving her country in the United States Army. She earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland and a Master's Degree from the University of Kentucky. Nancy entered the United States Army in 1969 and her primary mission was as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner until she retired from the Army in 1992 as a decorated Lt. Colonel. Nancy was named Honor Graduate at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Nursing in the Class of 1973, and her personal military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. She later worked for Via Christi Health Systems and the University of Kansas Hospital. Nancy loved bicycling, running marathons, ultra marathons, cross country, mountain hiking and staying physically active. She also enjoyed quilting and her fellowship in the Burns Cornerstone Bible Church. She was united in marriage to Jim Davis on July 1, 1989, in Newton and enjoyed 30 years of marriage. She is survived by her loving husband Jim of Burns, stepsons Mick (Dixie) Davis of Orlando, FL, and Tony Davis of Gardner, KS; her siblings Rev. Roy (Karen) Nelson of Hutchison, and Ethel Smith of Valley Center and five grandchildren. Nancy passed away peacefully at her home on April 1, 2020, in Burns. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings Jean Clark and Linda Nelson. A family only memorial service will be held at the Burns Cornerstone Bible Church led by Pastor Jim Helzer on Tuesday, April 7th at 10 a.m. with live streaming available through the church for non-family. She will be laid to rest in Pleasant Center Cemetery following the memorial service with military honors. Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion is serving the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Union Rescue Mission, Wichita or Victory in the Valley, Wichita. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Nancy at www.ymzfh.com.
Nancy was a wonderful person. A great Sunday School teacher, a good role model, a fantastic mentor, the best listener and advice giver, and one of the most Christian people I have ever met. She will be missed.
Amy Reagan Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM
Nancy was so kind to me when I was growing up. I hadn't seen her in many years. She will be greatly missed.
Sarah Wilson Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM
Jim, this is Todds mom, Connie. He told me about Nancys passing, and I am so very sorry. I am glad I got to see her in November. She was such a sweet person and seemed to be your perfect partner. I pray for Gods comfort for you and your family.
Connie Langhofer Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Nancy Davis
Cherokee Reagan Apr 10 2020 12:00 AM
Nancy had one of the warmest smiles. She made you feel so welcome and appreciated. I remember her studying the Bible early in the mornings. And wow could she ever cook! Jim was certainly blessed do you have her as his wife and life companion. Much love and compassion to you Jim & family.
Bob Dodson Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM
Today I say farewell to one of my best friends and colleagues. Nancy was smart, compassionate, humble and liked a good laugh many times at her expense. She was respected as a friend and colleague by so many whose lives she touched. When we were 19 years old, we met along with nursing students from all over the United States to start our journey at becoming Army Nurses. We became friends while living on the same floor in Delano Hall which was our dorm. I can still hear Nancys laughter when she would read my home-town paper and learn of birthday parties, trips to town 40 miles away and even the demise of ranchers prized livestock. Upon graduation from Officer Basic in San Antonio 47 years ago, we didnt see each other often but when we did it was like old times. Nancy stood up with me at my wedding along with my two sisters, an honor for her and even more of an honor for me that she accepted. I remember getting the letter from her telling me that she and Jim had moved back to Burns from Colorado due to her cancer diagnosis. I was stunned and sad. The end of April in 2018, I spent the weekend with Nancy and Jim. We shared pictures, we laughed, we grieved, and we prayed. One thing that carried Nancy was her faith which never wavered. Her faith and hope rubbed off on me for I left with much hope in my heart. I saw Nancy for the last time in January of this year while she was hospitalized. Was hopeful that we would see each other again but it was not to be. Bless your soul Nancy. I love you with all my heart and will miss those random meetings. Your friend, Connie
Connie Schultz Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM
As a member of the WRAIN (Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing) faculty (1971-1976), over the years Nancy has been a reminder to me of academic excellence and professional commitment. It is an honor that I can claim her as one of my students. At WRAIN, we were consistently reminded that our students were the cream of the crop. WRAIN was a highly competitive baccalaureate nursing program and students of good academic standing and a showing of unlimited potential were selected for the program. Our students and subsequent Army Nurse Corps officers came from all parts of the country; big city, small town/village and rural communities. Nancy was consistently at the top of her class and stood out as the cream of the cream of the crop. The faculty collectively recognized Nancy as being one of our most remarkable students over the period of our WRAIN assignment and tenure. To Jim, Mick, Tony and family and friends, you can take great pride in Nancys life long service to country and community and take much comfort in the fact that she is remembered with utmost love and respect.
COL (R) Charlotte Jerney, U.S. Army
COL (R) Charlotte Jerney, U.S. Army Apr 6 2020 12:00 AM
Although it has been several years since we worked together, Nancy left a lasting impression on me. Besides being the ultimate professional, she valued each and every person she encountered. She displayed her strong faith in her words as well as her deeds.
What an amazing woman she was, between family, volunteering for vacation bible school, working, and training for insanely long distance races. She accomplished it all with class and a smile. I felt somehow knowing her made me better person.
I know she will be greatly missed by all.
Please know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Rhonda Davis
Mark Davis Apr 5 2020 12:00 AM
I did not know Nancy. But have known the family all of my life
and with that association any loss is one I want to recognize.
In the great mosaic of life "HOPE" is the last to die and with
that thought one knows her memory & salvation will always
Bruce Eighmey Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM
I attended nursing school with Nancy at Delano Hall. Walter Reed Institute of Nursing. associated with the University of Maryland
I am from the Class of 1970
She represented the best!!! To be chosen for the WRAIN Scholarship was very compelling. May her spirit rise to lofty heights.
Susan Adkins Young Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM