In every way possible, Nancy Dickinson was an inspiration to children, a valued friend and colleague, and an enduring spirit in a foreign land. The words of those who cherished Nancy are gathering now in our hearts and minds as we received news on the weekend of Nancy’s passing following a year long struggle with cancer.
From Nancy’s family on the weekend:
Nancy left us about 2 pm our time. It was very peaceful. Carl and I were with her. We told her she could go, that she was loved by so many people and we named names and locations! The fight here was done and we reassured her that we would take care of Caroline.
Please take care of yourselves. Tell your loved ones you love and adore them. Hold our beloved Nancy in the light and say a prayer of Thanksgiving for having known this lovely woman. Her suffering is over. She is truly free and having a wonderful reunion with our Grandmother and family.
Yvonne & Carl
While we knew that Nancy was in the final stages of her battle after moving to hospice care a short time ago, two staff members visiting her and family in Montana found in Nancy the same spirit that likely carried her to her final breath. Joyce Husick and Tanja Kusanovic represented all of Nancy’s loved ones here in Warsaw by carrying cards, messages, and greetings to Nancy during her final days. They noted upon their return that Nancy retained “that which was wonderfully Nancy – wit, sense of humor, and keen perceptions all on display.” She was clearly in the midst of those who loved her dearly, enjoying every minute in a circle of trust and care.
Nancy served the American School of Warsaw from 2002-2015 as a Kindergarten, 3rd, and 1st grade teacher. All who knew her remembered her warmth and kindness. Memories of Nancy are being shared via many communication platforms in the coming days in hopes of capturing the thoughts and inspirations of her life and time here in Warsaw and throughout the world. The shared document can be viewed HERE, our virtual wall of memories that grows with each passing hour.
Counselors have asked the library to gather resources for children and families on the topic of grief and, as always, they stand by for those who need to talk about the loss of Nancy. Nancy had a positive impact on many young lives and families have already started reaching out to us with memories of their own through expressions of love and sadness for this loss. I encourage you to engage here as a comment on this blog to share your memories, which we will add to the compiled document of memories.
At the time of writing this message, we had not received word from Montana with regards to plans for services in her home there. We are asking members of the community interested in attending to join us for a memorial gathering in the Elementary Tower on Monday, October 17th at 3:30 p.m. Adults and children are both welcome. We look forward to this opportunity to remember Nancy in the environment where she made her most significant contributions. Please join us!
With fondest regards,
Jon P. Zurfluh