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Nancy G. (Hand) Michael

Nancy Michael was born September 21, 1943 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri and departed this life on January 10, 2019 at her home in Pleasant Hill, surrounded by the love of her family, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 20 days.

She was the daughter of Kenneth Louis and Tommie Juanita (Wass) Hand.

Nancy spent most of her life in Pleasant Hill and attended Pleasant Hill Schools.

On March 20, 1970, Nancy was united in marriage with Richard Tilman “Dick” Michael in Miami, Oklahoma and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

In her early years, Nancy worked as manager/waitress at the Greenhorn Restaurant in Pleasant Hill. After her marriage, she became the office manager for Michael’s Basement Company, the family owned business. She served in this capacity until her retirement in 2008.

In her spare time, Nancy loved to knit, crochet, make ceramics, and most of all, quilt. She was a member of the International Machine Quilters Association, Inc. Nancy was also a very active member of the Red Hot Mamas Chapter of the Red Hat Society of Pleasant Hill.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. “Dick” Michael on June 25, 2012; her father, Kenneth Louis Hand on March 11, 1986; her mother, Tommie Juanita Hand on September 23, 2003, and two infant siblings.

She is survived by three sons, Scott Lees and wife Angie, Rusty Lees and wife Frankie, Brent Michael and wife Jan; one step-daughter, Karen Wilmoth and husband Ben; one step-son, John Michael and wife Julie, all of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Joyce Mayabb and husband Jim of Pleasant Hill and Carol Neilson of Harrison, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren, Heather Lees Ayer and husband Janson, Michael Lees, Spencer Lees, Baileyann Lees, Brandon Lees and wife Gracyn, Devin Lees, Justin Michael, Nate Michael, Payton Michael, Amy Cook, Amanda Eagan and husband Bill, Ben Wilmoth and wife Stacey, and Breanne Kloiber; 12 great grandchildren, Owen, Katelyn, Jake and Norie Ayer, Ziva Lees, Kinzley Lees, Emily Cook, Hunter and Kaylee Wilmoth, Houston, Megan and Samantha Eagan, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral Service for Nancy Grace (Hand) Michael will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Deubner officiating. Casket Bearers will be Michael Lees, Brandon Lees, Janson Ayer, Justin Michael, Devin Lees, Nate Michael, Spencer Lees and Ben Wilmoth. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to Pleasant Hill Meals On Wheels.


19 Messages

  • Kenneth Fenton Posted January 13, 2019 2:15 pm

    I never met Nancy but she seems to be a really nice lady. Prayers for her family

  • Danny Yarber Posted January 13, 2019 3:06 pm

    A wonderful lady. So very sorry to hear.

  • Alan Burkhiser Posted January 13, 2019 4:28 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  • Chris Yunick Posted January 13, 2019 4:41 pm

    Nancy welcomed my husband, Thomas, and I to the neighboring farm in Putnam County 36 years ago by bringing a baked good
    She and Dick sharecropped some of our father’s land. She let me help pick peas in her garden and took me to Rutledge to shop for fabric for a quilt. She made me feel welcome in a place where I only knew my husband and father-in-law.

  • Kelly Maring Posted January 14, 2019 12:50 am

    Sorry for your loss John.

  • Gerald (Jerry) Wass Posted January 14, 2019 1:57 am

    Thank God for Cousins

    I thank you, God, for cousins;
    For each and ev’ry one.
    I thank you for the mem’ries sweet
    for times of joy and fun.

    You blessed me with three girls
    of Pleasant Hill “M” “O” –
    Joyce, Nancy and Carol
    are those three – I love them so!

    Now one of them has left us
    and it never crossed my mind
    that, Nancy, you would go ahead
    leaving the rest of us behind.

    The last time we were together
    we had such a visit grand!
    With smiles and a hug we said, “Goodbye!”
    and briefly held each others’ hand.

    I’ll miss you, my dear cousin;
    You were as special as could be.
    I hope to meet you once again
    in God’s eternity.

    – Jerry

  • Mike “Woody” & Heather Kennedy Posted January 14, 2019 12:45 pm

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Nancy’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Nancy was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.

  • Dean Gray Posted January 15, 2019 11:54 am

    Karen, so sorry for your loss, your Mom was a great lady who always had a smile.. Will be missed.

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