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Nancy Williams, also known as “Fancy Nancy,” passed away peacefully at her home in Delta Junction, Alaska on February 20, 2018 at the age of 73.

Nancy was born September 22, 1944, and raised in Quapaw, Oklahoma. She got her associate’s degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, her bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and her Masters in Education from the University of Hawaii. 

Nancy was a longtime teacher in Delta Junction and Healy Lake. She lived in Clearwater from 1978 until her death.

Nancy married Jim Williams in 1965. They divorced in 1970.

She married Walt Knupp in 1977, and they moved to Delta Junction in 1978. They divorced in 1982.

She is survived by her son, Joe Williams, daughter-in-law Mary Williams, grandchildren Mira Williams and John Chase Williams (all in Citrus Heights, California); ex-husband Walt Knupp (Fairbanks); step-children Randy Knupp (Phoenix, Arizona) and Kris Yoder (Fairbanks); adopted daughter Sue Roskowski and adopted grand-daughters Athena Vescott and Anika and Alexa Roskowski; and many other dear extended family members.

Nancy was predeceased by her mother, Sunny Smith, and her brother, Jim Schooley.

Nancy traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Africa. She was a longtime teacher at the junior high, Healy Lake, and the UAF extension. She was a volunteer docent at the Sullivan Roadhouse and was a regular attendee at the Lutheran/Presbyterian Church in Delta Junction.

Nancy’s humor and kindness were legendary. She was a devoted mother, and a nurturing adoptive mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She stepped in when needed to help in the raising of her immediate and extended families, and passed on her family recipes to her descendants, ensuring that chicken and dumplings and many other dishes would be savored by subsequent generations. She will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Saturday, June 23, at the Sullivan Roadhouse in Delta Junction.