February 23, 1946 – May 8, 2019
Nancy Louise Redmann Vangen was born to Eleanor Ellsie (Schultz) Redmann and Kenneth Paul Redmann Sr. on Feb. 23, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up mostly in Iowa in the areas of Farson, Olin, and Stanley. She graduated from Pekin High School in 1964, where she enjoyed being a cheerleader, a band majorette, and a baton twirler.
In December 1967, Nancy married Dennis Ray Bowers. While stationed in Killeen, Fort Hood, Texas, they welcomed their son Johnathan Lloyd on Aug. 23, 1970. A short period of time was spent in Anchorage, Alaska, which included separation from Dennis.
Nancy and her son moved to West Seattle in the early 1970s. This is where they met Stanley Earl Vangen, and his boys Thomas and Phillip. They married and became a family in December of 1976. Stan was a barber by trade, and Nancy continued with her many career paths. Along with her titles of mother and wife, she was also an executive secretary for both NASA and local banking institutions. She picked from and thinned apple and cherry trees in the orchards. She was a stalwart worker for the Lamb-Weston company in Quincy, Washington for several years.
Most of Nancy’s later years were spent in the central Basin cities of Soap Lake, Ephrata and Moses Lake, Washington. She always stood for the underdog. She was proud to work as a nursing assistant later in retirement. Her devotion continued in volunteering at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake at the help desk, providing guidance and direction, until it was impossible for her to do so.
Peace came for Nancy on May 8, 2019 when she went home to be with her Lord and Savior after a battle with cancer and other medical conditions. Stan was at her side.
Nancy is survived by her mother Eleanor; her husband Stan of 43 years; her son Johnathan (Sammy) and stepsons Tom (Davis) and Phil (Leticia); her cherished grandchildren Nickolas, Vanissa, Connrad, and Josaiah; her brother Kenneth Redmann and sisters Helen Finneran and Karen Redmann. Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved father Kenneth Sr. and her sister Constance Redmann.
One thing we can all agree on: this lady was tough as nails. She will be fondly remembered for her opinions, her strong coffee and her spunky attitude. Her friends and family will miss her greatly.
There will be a short memorial service held on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial located at 14403 Rd. 2 NE, Moses Lake, Washington. Cards and donations can be sent to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; 471 Nat Washington Way, Ephrata, WA 98823.