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Nancy Lee White, 76 passed from this world on October 17, 2019, on her journey into heaven.  Following a long and courageous battle with cancer, she passed away peacefully surrounded by family.  Her courage and steadfast Christian values were an example of grace and light for family members to remember and emulate. 

Born November 9, 1942, to Murray and Clarinne Flynn in Raton, New Mexico, Nancy lived most of her life as a New Mexican.  She appreciated the many and varied native cultures in the state and could eat red and green chile with the best of them.  Nancy’s step-father, Charles Bowen, traveled with job opportunities as an iron worker and she attended many schools throughout the nation.  She was proud that Charles built the bridge over the Rio Grande gorge near Taos, New Mexico, where he was the first worker to swing out over the gorge in a bucket to start the bridge construction. 

Nancy graduated from Espanola High school and New Mexico State University while also completing several graduate courses.  Later she worked in the university Financial Aid office where she was the students’ favorite mentor.  Many would seek her assistance and advice when she was off duty downtown eating supper or shopping for groceries.  Her display cases at home contain numerous gifts received from students.  Nancy worked for years in the Monticello post office and will be remembered for always going the extra mile to serve customers.  Her most cherished accomplishments, however, were her children: Korina, Bronson, Preston and Michelle.  Although the household budget was stretched thin, Nancy would not seek full-time employment during their formative years because she wanted to instill in them her values.  She did, instead, conduct agriculture surveys throughout the Mesilla and Hatch valleys for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a part time basis. 

Nancy enjoyed several hobbies which she pursued enthusiastically.  She was a member of the Winter Quilters Club in Truth or Consequences.  Her home was always so full of fabric she couldn’t get into her office.  She also loved to distribute quilts as needed throughout the area.  She enjoyed meeting weekly with a group of friends and stitched beautiful Brazilian embroidery patterns on cloth that were then placed in picture frames.  As a member of the Sierra Genealogy Society she was serving as the current president.  At home she was deeply involved in pursuing family genealogy and she was working on the genealogy of several families in the Monticello area.  She was quite proud to be a member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Korina.  Surviving members of the immediate family include her husband, Ron; children - Bronson (Selena), Preston and Michelle (Mike); and six grandchildren - Sierra, Crystal, McKennon, Gunnison, Preslee and Skylar.

A family graveside service was held on Sunday, October 20, 2019, in the Monticello cemetery.

Nancy will be remembered for her dazzling smile and zest for life.  Her family always came first as she excelled both as a wife and mother.  She loved her God and cherished each day of life.  When she got the news and prognosis about the cancer, she didn’t get overly depressed, but rather set an inspiring example of courage and fortitude.  All who came to visit during her illness said they felt so much better about their own lives. 

The family wishes to extend Nancy’s and their gratitude for the outstanding compassion and care provided by the employees of Sierra Home Health in Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces, the Cancer Center at University of New Mexico Hospitals in Albuquerque and Presbyterian Hospice Inpatient Care Unit in Albuquerque.  Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110.


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  • Monday, October 21, 2019
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    Thank you Nancy for your loving friendship over the years. We will miss your sweetness and company.
    ~ Matt and Laura Schneberger   Winston, NM
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    What a joy you were in my life, Nancy. It was my honor to have known you and to have had the times we shared in the DAR and Genealogy meetings. You will be missed!
    ~ Marilyn Poitras   Hillsboro, NM
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    It was a joy working with you both in the genealogy society and with the quilters. We had fun and learned a lot.
    ~ Frankie Lerner   Las Cruces, NM
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    Nancy, you so instilled in me, the meaning of friendship. You will be missed in so may ways by so many people..
    ~ Lucy Custard   Elephant Butte
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    Nancy was always smiling and positive. I knew her as a member of the local genealogy society. She was a good friend and will be missed.
    ~ Kitty Holm   Elephant Butte, NM