Nancy Katherine Livingston (nee Munson), passed away at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.
Nancy K. was born to Spencer and Laura Munson on February 26, 1940 in Oakland, CA. Moving at an early age across the United States to Washington D.C., where her father worked for the Department of the Interior and in 1943, the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin with his job with the Forest Products Laboratory within the Department of the Interior. Nancy grew up in Madison and attended Grade School and graduated from Wisconsin High School in 1958. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin, receiving her B.S. in Education in January of 1963. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a Physical Education teacher, teaching in Wauwatosa, WI and at various other schools until 1965, where she taught Physical Education to teachers at Platteville State College. Nancy moved to New York City in 1966 where she worked as a Research Assistant in Prosthetics and orthotics at New York University and as an Activities Therapist at Gracie Square Hospital. She completed her M.S. Degree at Long Island University and started further graduate studies at Columbia University in Motor Learning. In 1974, Nancy returned to Wisconsin where she worked as an Activity Therapist in Adams, WI., close to her family’s beloved tree farm.
Nancy had several “passions”, some of which were developed as a result of occasional health “hiccups” that occurred during her life. 1) a love of the land and woods. Her father and mother, WWOA and others develop a respect and awe for the land by sharing many life lessons at the “Full Cycle Tree Farm”. And, she learned to manage the land sustainably over the years. Each year Nancy, with the help of many volunteers, hosted a Arbor Day event for the local 4th grade in Adams-Friendship School District. 2) a love for Women’s Basketball; being named a UW WBB Alumnae from UW-Madison, earing her “W” in 1962 (which she received belatedly in 2004). Teamwork and good sportsmanship helped her learn and grow as a person. 3) Nancy worked to live her life as a supporter, giver, using humor; smiles and acts of kindness in all her interactions with others.
Nancy had a wonderful support system that kept her buoyed up in life and through the rough patches along the way: her sister and many close friends; her Zion Lutheran Church family; and her woodland owner’s (WWOA) family.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Spencer and Laura Munson; and brother, Austin H. Munson.
She is survived by a sister, Louise (John) M. Butler of Ridgewood, NJ; several nieces and nephews; many special friends; and all the Zion Church family. A special thank you to all the caregivers that attended to the needs and helped take care of Nancy.
Nancy tried to live her life as described in Micah 6:8. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her memory to the WWOA Endowment Fund, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
A graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022, at the Niebull Cemetery in Big Flats, WI.
Nancy was a wonderful woman who gave back much to the local community, and to the world. Thank you God, for allowing Nancy to cross our paths
Nancy was a wonderful, caring person who cared first the Earth and those upon it! I always enjoyed sharing the 4th graders with her at her tree farm! You will be missed and are greatly loved by all!
My condolences to Nancy’s family. I knew Nancy during the difficult years of severe medical challenges. She had a fighting spirit and never gave up! I had the pleasure of visiting her at her tree farm and seeing her rustic way of life. The last time I saw Nancy was at a “Walking With Ease” class at the Big Flats Town Hall. She said she would pray for me. She was using a walker,and said that she had a little bag in her walker with names of people to pray for.
Nancy did secret good deeds for groups in the community. She told them not to reveal that she was the one that had helped them. Nancy was a very special lady!
Rest In Peace Nancy, you will be missed! I will miss seeing your your smile and having our discussions about the girls. I am glad to have had the opportunity to have know you over the years through our churches and then the fire department! Prayers to your family.
Met this fabulous woman through Faith in Action where she was a great friend and support for my Dad Tom Whalen. Hopefully you and he are talking about hunting and all the other great stories. And I will make sure I will continue to give my dogs a chuckle (which I learned I was supposed to give them a scratch under their chins). GOD Bless all those who got to know and enjoy this beautiful lady.
Oh my Nancy! I don’t even have words to say here. I loved our chats, they will be so missed. I will miss your love for love and your fight for happiness. I will also miss our road trips that always ended in Culver’s and a scream or two to get all our frustration out. In the short year I got to know you, you have completely changed my outlook on life. I know you will be in spirit as I continue to live in this life. You might get tired from chasing me all around and trying to keep me out of trouble. But I know you’re looking down and giving that great smile you had. You were a truly amazing person and will be missed greatly. My birthday will never be the same without you here.Fly high you beautapotimus lady.
I will miss our ‘tree ‘ conversations. You had so many dreams to get back home and work them . A very sweet lady will be missed!
I first met Nancy after the Big Flats Fire which burned som of her beloved trees. The following year and the year after Jeanne Hideman made her beef barley soup for the tree planters. We would take to Nancy’s home and could not leave until a long talk and thank you.
Every time I met Nancy she would talk about her new trees. God Bless you Nancy, Rest in Peace. You will be missed.
So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a wonderful person and a good friend. She will be missed by many, many people.
May you rest in peace,
Thank you for all the years of service helping our seniors and disabled in our community! You were one of a kind. Fly low and slow Nancy!
We will miss you.
From all your friends at Faith in Action
We are so sorry to hear of Nancy passing. Nancy was such a friendly person. The first time we met her it was like she knew us all her life. She loved her trees and made sure you did also. We will continue to remember her each time we take a walk in our woods and that great smile of hers will not be forgotten. Rest in peace Nancy you will be missed.
You were one of my favorites that I had the Pleasure of meeting and taken care of at Villa Pines living center
Nancy will be greatly missed. It was truly an honor knowing her, she is a special lady who holds a place in many individuals hearts! Nancy you didn’t fulfill your 2032 dream but I’m sure you will be there in spirit! You are truly loved and missed, RIP Nancy ❤
Nancy was such a good friend to my Mom at Liberty Village; a very positive & caring person. RIP Nancy; you will be missed by many.
I am sadden to hear about Nancy’s passing. You will forever have a place in my heart and that won’t ever change. She always had me come and tell her that I was there for shift and cheered me on when I had a long day. Nancy will forever be missed and always loved by me. I will miss your beautiful smile… Love you
Oh Nancy. You will be so missed. I cannot even begin to come up with adequate words. You were such an amazing lady. I was so privileged to be able to care for you both as a first responder and then at Liberty. We laughed, we cried, we talked about everything, you loved life to the fullest. Fly high sweet lady. I love you.
Rest In Peace Nancy, I will always remember your kindness and beautiful heart. It was an absolute honor to have taken care of you.
Fly high Nancy we will miss you dearly we all love you
My deepest sympathies go out to Nancy’s family. She was such a joy to work with and I will miss seeing her. We always had nice talks and she was such a wonderful person. I will miss hearing her cheer, while watching her favorite sports. She was always so thoughtful of others making sure to give all of the other residents a Birthday Card with a rose on their Birthday’s. She also, gave the sweetest thank you cards to us Caregivers. “I will treasure mine & her memory always”. Rest In Peace Nancy & Fly high! You will be missed by all of your friends & family at Liberty Village.
I had the pleasure of knowing Nancy later in her life. What a wonderful person. She was always so caring about others. I enjoyed her quick wit and smiles. I will miss her.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy, what a great lady, super person, always enjoyed talking with her! She made the best venison stew I ever had! She was one of a kind, super great lady! Sincere condolences to her family.