Nancy Louise Bireline, 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
She was born May 12, 1934, to Benjamin and Rebecca (Lawson) Fisher in Des Moines, Iowa. Her favorite memories included attending Tech High School, working at Woolworth's Department Store, and being on a bowling team. After being a "city girl" for many years, she met Gene Bireline, a "country boy" from Adair at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. They were married a short time later and lived on a farm south of Adair where they raised their family, crops, and feeder cattle. She also loved to garden. They were members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Adair where they served in several capacities for many years. She showed up at every potluck with chocolate frosted yellow cake and cherished and talked about the many friends she had there. Her Sunday dinners and Thanksgiving meals were unrivaled.
Following Gene's death, Nancy moved to Ankeny to be closer to family. There she attended Grace Church in Des Moines and enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed several bus tours with church friends. She was also always up for a cut-throat game of four point pitch or rattling the spots off of the dice while playing Yatzee.
She spent the last few years at SunnyView Care Center in Ankeny, where she was known as “Fancy Nancy”. She loved Jesus, her family, friends, football, coffee, and lemon meringue pie. She loved getting her family together, always had a smile on her face and loved a good laugh. She made many friends while there and thought of the staff as family.
Nancy will be greatly missed by her family including her son, Lamar Gable of North Carolina; her three daughters, Brenda Kromrie and Marlene Delk of Des Moines, and Cheryl (Tim) Wright of Polk City; her brother, Benny Fisher of Norwalk; eleven grandchildren, Dr. Ethan Gable, Marla Gable, Brent Kromrie, Brad Kromrie, DeEtta (Michael) Cole, David Schnake, Kole Delk, and Isaiah, Rebekah, Annika and Amelia Wright; several great-grandchildren; many loved nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Gene, and two sisters Virginia Best and Joy Conner.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Grace Church, located at 4200 East 25th Street in Des Moines, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018, also at Grace Church, with burial in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Adair at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the family to distribute according to Nancy's wishes.
Hockenberry Family Care in Adair, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements.