Nancy Markey, age 78 of Alexandria, peacefully passed into her new life on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Alomere Health in Alexandria, MN.
Nancy Darlene Huitt was born on October 21, 1942 in Omaha, NE to parents, Norval (Shorty) and Ethel (Scott) Huitt. She met her soulmate and lifelong partner, John Markey, Jr when he worked at her father’s auto shop as a car mechanic. On August 12, 1961 John and Nancy were married in Omaha, NE. They lived in Omaha, then Cherokee, IA, and onto Kearney, MO until 1975 when the family moved to Windom, MN where John was employed by the Caldwell Packing Co and later BSI of Windom. During her time in Windom, Nancy worked at the local fabric shops and at Runnings. After 16 years in Windom, they moved to Marshall, MN when John began working for Carlson-Stewart Refrigeration. In 1992, John and Nancy moved to a home on Lake Leven, near Villard, MN. Nancy became a Paraprofessional at the Minnewaska Schools.
In her youth, Nancy was a member of Job’s Daughters and serving as an Honored Queen. Nancy was a faithful and devoted member of the Presbyterian Church. She served as a Deacon in the Windom church, as well as participated in women’s circle and active in the yearly bazaar sharing her many creative talents. In Osakis, she served as a Deacon and Elder as well as lending her creative talents to create banners for the church. Nancy also did mission work through her church. She participated in a work group who went to Ghost Ranch for a week and both she and John traveled to Sitka, Alaska as part of a work group for the Presbyterian College located there.
Nancy was a woman of many talents and interests. She was a beautiful seamstress, knitter and cross-stitcher whose projects often won blue ribbons at fairs. Her cooking and baking skills were some of the best, especially her chocolate chip cookies which have been known to cause a few tussles between her kids and grandkids. She loved to travel and made friends wherever she went. She enjoyed her bird feeders and her pet dogs, Princess, Buffy, the “Whispers”, the “Shadows”, Sheba, Sadie Jayne, Rudy, Cocoa, Casper, Snuggles, Elisa and Lucy. Her favorite thing in the whole world was spending time with her grandchildren. Many memories were made with them at Grand’s Camp at Clearwater Forest in Deerwood, MN.
Nancy will live in the hearts of her family, especially her four children, Mark Markey of Detroit Lakes, Jim (Lisa) Markey of Sartell, Mike Markey of Alexandria and Dianne (Ron) Majerus of Osakis, MN; 7 grandchildren, Heather, Andrew (Emily); Jonathon, Jordan, Gretchen, Kassie and Callan and 2 great-grandchildren Sloan and Talia; sister-in-law Barb Bostwick, Altoona, IA; brothers-in-law Tony Alonzo of Bakersfield, CA; Leonard Carstensen of Odebolt, IA and William ( Denny) Markey; many nieces and nephews. She will be welcomed home to Heaven by her husband, John (11/1/2010) and her parents and her in-laws Edith and John Markey Sr., brothers, Glenn and Wayne and sister, Sandra, half-sisters, Ferne Carstensen, Lois Oxendale and Mary Townsend and sister-in-law Karla Markey.
Private family services will be held. The public is invited to a visitation on Monday evening from 4 – 8 pm at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, MN. Memories and condolences may also be left on her Tribute Wall at royhetland.com.
Roy-Hetland Funeral Home of Osakis, MN was honored to help with her final arrangements.