Nancy Lou (Andersen) Whaley passed away on Sunday, May 16, peacefully and with her family by her side.
She was born Aug. 24, 1940, in Omaha, Neb.
She had a brilliant mind and was the Salutatorian when she graduated from Woodbine High School in 1958. She was also talented athletically. According to her brother, had there been a track team for women, she would have won every race. After high school, she continued her education at Commercial Extension School of Commerce, where she received a certificate to begin her career as a medical transcriptionist.
On March 17, 1962, she married William Hugh Whaley. They were married for 59 years.
Mrs. Whaley’s top priority was her family. She had four children, Andy, Bill, Cindy and Dena, whom she loved unconditionally. Motherhood was one of her greatest accomplishments as she was the number one cheerleader for her kids. Being involved in PTO and working as a teacher’s aide was never considered work for her. Whether coaching Cindy and Dena’s softball teams or being a den mother for Andy and Bill’s Cub Scout troop, she always showed enthusiasm in supporting her kids.
Aside from spending time with family, Mrs. Whaley had many interests and hobbies. These included crocheting, gardening and cooking. She enjoyed ice cream sandwiches and having good conversation around the dinner table. She also supported her husband’s love for the tractor club and Boston Terriers, coming to have her own admiration for the Boston’s. She supported IU athletics, was a game show enthusiast, and had many dates in her recliner with Hugh watching NASCAR. Her smile could be seen every year on the Fourth of July during the Sheridan parade along with her entire family.
Mrs. Whaley had an open mind and never judged, never turned away, and always opened her home and kitchen to those who needed a home-made meal and a hug. She had an innate ability to bring her family together for all important celebrations and occasions. Whether being a mother or grandmother, she did a fantastic job.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a brother, Ben Andersen; her son, Jon (Heather) Whaley; daughters, Cindy (Jim) Goad, and Dena (Luke) Bodayla; grandchildren Kaleb (Libby) Whaley, Jenna Whaley, Leah Whaley, Mya Whaley, Chloe Whaley, Fiona Whaley, Ariel Whaley, Belle Whaley, Colette Goad, Gabrielle Goad, James Goad, Annaliese Goad, Jacob Bodayla and Haley Bodayla; and great-grandchildren Togo Whaley and Winona Whaley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold K. and Norma Andersen; brother, Larry Andersen; and son, Andy Whaley.
She will be missed by many, but we rejoice in the fact that she is in heaven and no longer suffering, and we will cherish the memories she has left behind.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday at Spencer Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Scott McDermid will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan.