Nancy Ann Rohrbach, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at ManorCare in Spokane, Wash., after a struggle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 28, 1934, to Stella I. (Andrews) and Adams A. Turner of Tiffin. She graduated from Columbian High School in 1952 and married John E. Creeger in 1955. After the end of that marriage, she moved to Emmett, Idaho, where she earned her teaching certificate from the College of Idaho-Caldwell in 1961. In 1962, she married Richard C. Rohrbach, also of Tiffin. She taught elementary school in Caldwell, Emmett and Priest River, Idaho. She particularly loved her special education students and advocated for the rights of migrant workers' children to be integrated into mainstream classrooms.
In 1969, she moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, where she lived until 2004. She owned and operated a daycare in Sandpoint for many years. Nancy adored children, and had the heart of a teacher until the very end of her life.
In 2004, Nancy moved to Minnesota, and in 2009, returned to Spokane. She was a resident of Maplewood Gardens, Spokane, from 2009 until September of 2012, when she entered ManorCare.
An accomplished painter, Nancy was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star and Sandpoint Senior Center. She loved to dance and garden, was an excellent baker and a voracious reader. She had a beautiful voice, loved music of all kinds and had an extensive collection of angel figurines. She also liked to discuss politics and current events, attend the Minnesota Opera and the ballet, go to museums, dine out, shop and play cards and computer games. Nancy was a loyal friend and loved spending time with her many grandchildren and "great-grands."
Nancy was a devout Christian, and was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, Sandpoint. In 2004, she was confirmed Lutheran. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Belview, Minn. She taught her children to follow Jesus Christ and place their trust in Him, which was the most important lesson she could impart. She is now released as a lamb to her Shepherd, with sadness, but with the sure hope of the resurrection to eternal life.
She is survived by three daughters, Melody (Ronald) Hunt of Sandpoint, Idaho, Alissa (David) Eyre of Chattaroy, Wash., and the Rev. Pari (the Rev. Trevor) Bailey of Belview, Minn.; three stepsons, Steve (Cynthia) Rohrbach of The Farm, Tenn., John (Holly) Rohrbach of Yuba City, Calif., and Matthew Rohrbach of Willard; 10 grandchildren, Brooks Hunt of Spokane, Heather (Brian) Potack of Ferndale, Wash., Rebekah (the Rev. Forrest) Tucker of Nashotah, Wis., Isaiah (fiancee, Amy Arend) Eyre of Moscow, Idaho, Rachel (Dr. Riccardo) Capezza of Boise, Idaho, Matthew Eyre and Andrew Eyre, both of Spokane, Nathan Eyre and Esther Eyre, both of Chattaroy, and Pari Elizabeth Bailey of Belview, Minn.; 11 great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Rayella (Philip) Engle of Tiffin and Pari Carter of Clyde; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband; special friend, Jerry Rouleau; two stepsons, David Rohrbach and Thomas Rohrbach; a sister, Carolyn McFerren; an infant brother; and her parents.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division St., Spokane, WA.
A Service of Holy Eucharist and Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Christ the King Anglican Church, Spokane.
Interment at Pinecrest Cemetery, Sandpoint, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Memorials may be made to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
Please visit Nancy's online memorial and leave a message of condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.