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Obituary: Nancy Ellerman Ockey

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - <! > Our sweet wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend passed away October 6, 2000, after losing a nearly miraculous battle with heart disease.

Born Nov 9, 1928 in Salt Lake City, UT to Everard Clinton Eller-man and Enid Mae Benson. Nancy was the next to youngest of eight children. Married Robert F. Ockey, Feb 21, 1947 in Salt Lake City, UT. A loving union that lasted over 53 years, but was still far too short.

Nancy led a life filled with numerous interests and passions. A member of the LDS Church, she was, in her early years, happily involved in choir, chorus and piano playing for church and school activities. An accomplished pianist, she loved telling the story of when she played the tabernacle organ. Music was a passion she enjoyed her whole life and enjoyed playing the piano until she passed. Nancy had many unique gifts. Children were drawn to her like a magnet. Her sense of humor was legendary and infectious. Any comedy movie was twice as funny when Nancy was there. In the garden, there was little that wouldn't grow under her care. An excellent writer, she moved all of us to tears at one time or another. Needlepoint and knitting were lifetime hobbies and we all still own something that was made just for us. At the core of Nancy's life was her family and nothing took precedence over that.

Preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Survived by her husband, Robert F. Ockey; sons: Robert Lance Ockey and David M. Ockey; granddaughter, Felicia A. Ockey; grandson, Jonathan D. Schlosser; great-grandson, Jesse A. Wedding; brother, Clinton Ellerman; sisters: Mary Christensen, Athelene Wintch, Pat Martinsen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We will all miss her very much. Her passing leaves a huge hole in our lives, but her strength of spirit shows us how to go on. We know she's in heaven because The Devil's afraid of her. Goodbye honey, goodbye Mom. "Do not weep at my grave, I am not there."

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Mark's Hospital and, especially, Mike and Kathy in the ICU.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday Oct 10, 2000, 1 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 So. Highland Dr. Family and friends may call at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday 12-12:45 p.m., prior to services.