Nancy Diane (Wilson) CruceJanuary 27, 1938 ~ February 10, 2017 (age 79)
Nancy Diane Loretta Wilson was born in Portland, Oregon to John Francis Wilson and Arlie Bernita Foote Wilson. Her daughters were by her side when she passed.
Nancy graduated from Washington High School. She lived her life and raised her daughters in Portland.
She was a generous, loving and caring person. She wasn’t a wealthy woman, but would give you the shirt off her back. She was always helping friends and family when in need. She also sponsored, donated and supported a myriad of humanitarian organizations.
Nancy is survived by her two daughters Lorie Kay Cruce and Beverley Ann Kraushaar.
Her four grandchildren:
Timothy Scott Winterhalter, Jr.
Jaime Diane Bennett
Sarah Rae Winterhalter
Mackenzie Lorran Isom
Her three great-grandchildren:
Kiera Nicole Brockman
Wiatt Kentin Isom
Jackson David Bennett
Also survived by the father of her daughters Jimmy Cruce and their stepmother Laura Cruce.
Preceded in death by her baby brother, her brother Richard Wilson, her two sisters Linda Howe and Phyllis Henkel.
She was truly loved by all who met her and she will be missed by all those fortunate enough to have known here.
The internment on February 17 is for immediate family only. A celebration of life will be held in the near future. The announcement will be posted on this website and on social media.
Love always and forever, until we meet again mama!
“No Man Is An Island”
No man is an island
No man stands alone
Each man’s joy is joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own
We need one another
So I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend
I saw the people gather
I heard the music start
The song that they were singing
Is ringing in my heart
No man is an island
Way out in the blue
We all look to the one above
For our strength to renew
When I help my brother
Then I know that I
Plant the seed of friendship
That will never die.
Charitable Works and Humanitarian Acts
The following is a list of organizations our mom, Nancy, donated to, sponsored and supported:
Children International Philippines – to graduate healthy, educated, empowered and employed young adults from their program so they can achieve the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Mom sponsored Alyssa Cassidy Morano from 2012 to the present providing her and her family with much needed food, clothes, and basic necessities.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.” Edward Everett Hale
Feeding America – a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.
Honorary Citizen of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town – a time honored tradition dating back to 1937 providing a safe haven for those children who have nowhere else to go.
“No race that does not take care of its young can hope to survive – or deserves to survive.” Father Flanagan
Muscular Dystrophy Association – leading the fight to free individuals and the families who love them from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States – fostering camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts, serving our veterans, the military and our communities, and advocating on behalf of all veterans.
Hope Teams International – helping orphans and street kids in Honduras, Kenya and Liberia.
St. Joseph’s Indian School - helping to bring Lakota (Sioux) boys and girls a happier childhood and brighter future.