Nancy (Jane) Dickinson McComb, 83, died peacefully at her home November 25, 2018. She was a beloved mom, grandmother, great-grandmother lovingly known as “Nanny” and treasured friend to many.
Nancy was born January 26, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa to Levi Call and Marion Carmichael Dickinson. She celebrated her Iowa roots and loved spending free time on her family’s farm. Summers were spent attending Clearwater Camp in Minocqua, Wisconsin where she thoroughly enjoyed her role as both a camper and then camp counselor.
Nancy attended Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut before attending the University of Colorado where she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, studied history and earned her bachelor’s degree in education. While at CU, she met the love of her life, Thomas Marvin McComb at a law school dance. The couple was married July 12, 1957.
The couple spent their early years of marriage in Tacoma, Washington, Charlottesville, Virginia and Denver before settling back in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1960. Nancy prioritized raising her three children, volunteering and serving on numerous boards and committees including the Fort Collins Housing Authority, League of Women Voters and Culture Club. Throughout the late 1970’s, Nancy served as Director of Church School at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins where she and her husband were active members.
Nancy had a life-long passion for learning, evident in her love of books, love of travel and, throughout the early 1980’s, her fervent dedication to studying history (early Christian Church) in a master’s program at Colorado State University.
She was known for her infectious smile, compassionate and generous spirit as well as her ability to listen. Her love of family was ever-present. As a widow, she moved to Salina, Kansas and Omaha, Nebraska to be with her children and grandchildren. Attending piano recitals and sporting events, participating in routine, day-to-day activities with her family and cultivating life-long friendships gave her the most joy, as did her beloved dog, Mister.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Marvin and her son, Thomas Jackson. She is survived by her daughters, Jane Gates and Jane’s husband, Tom, of Salina, Kansas, and Molly Skold and Molly’s husband, Karl, of Fort Collins, Colorado, her eight grandchildren, Sally Flenthrope, Dr. Roger Struble, Tom Struble, Alex Skold, Nate Skold and Anna Skold, Decker Gates and Riley Gates, and two great-grandchildren, Easton and Hadley Flenthrope.
A Celebration of Life service is planned for Sunday, December 23 at the First Presbyterian Church, 531 South College Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado at 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in her memory to the Stiefel Theatre or the First Presbyterian Church of Salina.