Nancy Jo Phipps Allen, 69, of Martin, S.D., died March 1, 2018, at Ava’s House Hospice.
She was born Sept. 22, 1948, in Martin, S.D., to Howard and Elaine Phipps. As a young girl, she lived with her family in Clinton, Neb., where she began her education. The family moved to Martin, in 1957, where Nancy finished her education.
On Jan. 7, 1966, she was united in marriage to Clarence Edward Allen in Hot Springs, S.D. The young couple lived in Chadron, Neb., and Kadoka, S.D., before settling in Martin, where they lived the rest of their married life. To this union, four children were born, Christy, Terri, Ami, and Cody.
Nancy had many jobs throughout her lifetime, but her passion was working with children, both as a kindergarten aide, and a daycare provider. She was known as Grandma Nancy to many.
Grandma Nancy had a great love for her grandchildren: Brian, Jalisa, Katrina, Shayla (Charg), Jacy, Shiann, Karissa Jesse, Tee, Dylan, Royce, Ty, and Bryer, along with her 8 great grandkids.
Survivors include her husband Clarence, children Christy Finney (Jon), Platte, S.D., Terri Gregg (Jon), Ami Allen, Cody Allen (Stacy), all from Martin, S.D., 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, three sisters Bernadine Daily (Ron), Martin, S.D., Patricia Maciejewski (Leland) Hot Springs and Linda Hicks (Raymond), Rapid City, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Elaine Phipps, two infant sisters, Jacueline and Debra, her nieces Lea-Ann, Lori, Kayla Rae, and Denise, and a son-in-law Marcus Kamerzell.
Memorial services will be held Friday March 9, 2018, 10 a.m. at the American Legion, Martin, S.D., with inurnment in the Martin Community Cemetery.
The family suggest memorials to the Bennett County Senior Center and donations may be sent in care of Bennett County Funeral Service, PO Box 65 Martin, S.D., 57551.