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Nancy Millar Mengel

November 14, 1928 July 7, 2018
Nancy Millar  Mengel
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Nancy Millar Mengel, of Rolla passed away July 7, 2018 at Colony Pointe Assisted Living in Columbia, MO at the age of 89.
She was born in Rolla on November 14, 1928 to the late Charles J and Leola Faudree Millar. On June 21, 1947 she married William (Bill) Mengel. During the first years of their marriage they moved several times each year as Bill surveyed many parts of the country for the U.S. Geological Survey. They returned home to Rolla in 1957. They were married 55 years until his death in 2003.
Nancy was a gracious person and a wonderful friend, who found great joy in service to her family, friends, church and community. She was the founder of the Jack and Jill Nursery School. She was a long-time member of PEO, the Friends of the Rolla Public Library, and TEAC, and served on the Rolla Public Library Board of Trustees. A life-long member of Christ Episcopal Church, Nancy wore many hats in service. Most often she is remembered for her contributions to the Annual Church bazaar of food, crafted angels and Santa Clauses. Her folk art plaques, angels, Santas and other crafts hang prominently in the homes of her family and many of her friends.
A generation of Rolla’s pre-schoolers know Nancy as their first teacher and as a wonderful story teller. She taught her students and three generations of her family the importance of reading and of quietly impacting change within the home and community. She loved cooking and she created watercolor enhanced, handwritten recipe collections so that family and friends could continue to enjoy her favorite recipes. She loved the beach and for over 20 years, the family made an annual trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama where, in 2011, she had the opportunity to introduce her great-granddaughter, Lydia, to the world of sand, water, shrimp and the beauty of a sunset on the Gulf.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jim and two infant children, William and Sally. She will be greatly missed by her surviving family which includes two daughters, Julia Rand and husband George, of Green, OH, and Melissa Carr and her husband, David, of Columbia, MO; five grandchildren, William Rand, and wife, Margaret, of Raleigh, NC, Charles Rand, and wife Julie, of Philadelphia, PA, Douglas Rand, of Washington, DC, Kevin Carr, and wife, Brandi, of Columbia, MO, and Elizabeth Harlow, and husband, Seth, of Omaha, NE. As “Nana”, she was proud to know and love eight great grandchildren, Beatrice and Eleanor Rand, Theodore and Nora Rand, and Lydia, Connor, Tyson, and Ezra Harlow as well as a number of nieces and nephews. She considered herself very fortunate to have been life-long friends with “the girls” Chili Allen, Adele Heller, Pat Lindgren and Helen Hoertel and many other long time Rolla friends.
A memorial service for Nancy will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at 11:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018 with the Reverend Lindy Hardwick officiating. Interment will follow at Rolla City Cemetery. The family will greet friends, prior to the service, in the Church Parish Hall from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leola Millar Children’s Library at Rolla Public Library or to Christ Episcopal Church.

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