January 30, 1929 - September 2, 2016
“Mama” She could be Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty, so exquisite in repose, ready for her Prince Charming to give the magic kiss that awakens her to a new world and promising new life. As I watch this beautiful child of God slip into the transition between life and death, I fully expect her to awaken fresh and alive, ready to face another day. But this is not to be. She will no longer join me for our Saturday adventures. We will no longer feel the warmth of her body as we lay in bed watching Fraser and the Golden Girls. The glow of her spirit will eventually fade from our home...her home. Not her beloved Elder Lane. She sacrificed that when she and Daddy accepted the call from the Lord to serve Him as mission presidents in the Great West Central States Mission. Elder Lane was her mansion, the home where she raised her eight children and supported her husband as he served the Lord as a bishop for 11 1/2 years. The home of her dreams where her fondest memories surrounded her with warmth, joy, expectation, and the Spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was her "Eden". "Serve the Lord". This was not just a catch phrase thrown out in General Conference. It was her creed, her way of life. She would sacrifice whatever required to Serve the Lord and support her husband. So she would leave her Elder Lane and move her family to Montana to Serve the Lord. How would she ever be able to raise her eight children ranging from ages 8 to 18 while undertaking her responsibilities as mission mother to hundreds of missionaries? Already overwhelmed with questions and concerns, the news came...the terrible news...her beloved husband, Joe, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease that would exhaust his strength, cripple his body, and add to her already overwhelming list of responsibilities. She would never be able to do this alone...Only one source could guide her through the turmoil and give her the strength to endure. Armed with faith and determination, she dove "Heart" first into the work, never to look back. There was only one direction to go...forward...come what may. The challenges were many. Joe and Nancy soon found themselves presiding over two missions, Anglo and Lamanite. Joe's health continued to decline, her children continued to grow, and their needs must come first. This woman, this daughter of God accepted the challenges and met them head on with grace, faith, dignity, undiminished energy, love, and fortitude. No challenge could deter her from her goal. She would succeed and serve with all her heart, might, mind, and strength. Three years later found the family back in Florida - but not at Elder Lane. Her beloved home had to be sold for Joe could no longer manage the stairs and soon discovered that his health could not tolerate the heat and humidity of the Southern climate. Discouraged, but unwilling to yield, the family headed for Utah with the hope that the drier climate would stay the ravages of the disease. For over 20 more years, Nancy was the force behind the man, and later behind the wheelchair. Unselfishly, she remained in the background encouraging, promoting, and often insisting that Joe not only persevere, but also embrace the life that was his. "Giving up" was not in her vocabulary and was not allowed in his. But longevity was not to be. By the age of 61, she was a widow. Again her life would change bringing new and often frightening challenges. The family had grown - spouses and grandchildren adding to the numbers with more to come. Now, she alone held the responsibility of uniting the family in their quest of becoming an eternal family. She would need all of her strength, wisdom, energy and faith to meet this new challenge. Another way to "Serve the Lord"? Perhaps her most important service to date. She was no longer in the background - she became the center of the family. All revolved around her. She was the center of the wheel; her children the spokes; branching out in many directions, building their own lives, vocations, and families...but all connected to the center, the force that gave them stability and purpose. She was the connection that held the family together. She was the light, the glow in the darkness; always there to comfort with the warmth of her love...her light coming from Father in Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. "You must be strong. You must have faith in the Lord and follow the gospel plan. You must love one another and look towards the eternities." Her counsel was just and true and wise. But even as God gave His children the free agency to choose, she gave her children the agency to choose, hoping that all would choose wisely. Heavenly Father knew that not all of His children would return to Him and likewise, she knew that there was a looming chance that not all of her children would embrace the family. Even as Christ mourned the loss of one sheep, so she would mourn over the loss of one child, always hoping in her heart that he would return. The years take their toll. Serving God, Joe, and family took its toll. Knees weakened, mind tired, and heart slowed. But her spirit remained strong. Her prayers became more fervent, and the glow of her love became brighter. Her final testimony to her children: "Love one another. Family above all." She is Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty, so exquisite in repose awaiting her Prince Charming to give the magic kiss that will awaken her to a new world and a promising new life. The veil is thin...Prince Charming is coming...Take his hand, feel the warmth of his embrace, go with him arm in arm to face a better world. We love you, Mama. At Nancy's request, Private Family Funeral Services will be held. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills. No prior visitation for the public. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bergmortuary.com.
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