Nancy Hanvey, 87, passed away February 15, 2017 at Generations in Rathdrum, ID.
Nancy was born in Chicago, IL on December 28, 1929 to Robert G. and Etta Dehaven Hanvey.
Nancy was a passionate and devoted early childhood educator in the Chicago school system for over four decades, primarily teaching kindergarten and first grade. Later in her career, she co-authored a best-selling educational text for elementary school students, Everyday Mathematics.
Though she never had children of her own, Nancy helped to raise her niece Katy and nephew Mike when their mother unexpectedly passed away. She was also a caring and supportive presence during the formative years of several other members of her extended family. Later in life she moved to Rathdrum to live with Katy. Together they helped design and build a straw bale house on five acres.
Nancy was a loving and beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt. She is survived by her sister Sally Taylor, her nephews and nieces Michael Hanvey, Kevin Taylor, Katy Willard, Patricia Taylor, Erin Drier and Doug Hanvey, and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces.
Nancy loved animals almost as much as children, and enjoyed having dogs, cats, horses, and goats. Memorial donations may be made to the Kootenai Humane Society.
A memorial service at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Unity Church in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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