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Nancy Hircock

April 13, 1939 — April 30, 2021

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Nancy S. Hircock, 82, passed away at her home in Ansley on April 30, 2021.  

Nancy Juanita Still was born in Thief River Falls, MN to Willard and Olive Lorraine (Engle) Still on April 13, 1939. As a baby, Nancy was baptized in the United Methodist Church.  Nancy attended school at Thief River Falls until 4th grade.  She was involved in Brownies and Girl Scouts. Nancy moved with her family to Beeville, Texas when she was a 5th grader.  The family remained in Beeville, Texas where Nancy was active in Girl Scouts and Methodist Youth Fellowship until 8th grade. In the summer of 1953, Willard and Lorraine moved the family to Broken Bow, NE which was about half way for the annual movement of the family honey bees from Texas to North Dakota. 

Nancy attended Broken Bow High School, graduating with the Class of 1957.  While in high school, Nancy excelled in choir, band and 4-H. Nancy was an active Girl Scout and a member of Methodist Youth Fellowship, becoming confirmed and a member of the Methodist Church before graduating from high school.  She was a member of the Stella Stitchers 4-H Club where many of her clothing, food, home interior, and canning projects earned her top honors at the Custer County and Nebraska State Fairs. 

Nancy was proud of her family’s Masonic heritage where she participated in Job’s Daughters, serving gracefully as Honored Queen of Bethel #20 of Broken Bow, NE.  Nancy met Francis Lee Hircock during their junior year of high school when Francis attended Broken Bow Schools.  In fact, Nancy asked Francis on their first date which was a Job’s Daughter’s dance that fall.

Upon graduation from high school, Nancy attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in January 1961.  Nancy Juanita Still was united in marriage to Francis Lee Hircock, Jr. on July 22, 1961 at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow, NE.  Francis and Nancy had two children, Lee and Sally. 

Nancy’s career centered around education and teaching others.  Mrs. Hircock was an outstanding teacher with a natural gift to educate others. She taught in Cozad, East Butler, Silver Creek and substitute taught at Shelton and Bruning.  Mrs. Hircock taught Home Economics at Ansley Public High School for 29 years from 1970 to 1999.  Nancy has had profound, positive impact on many students who have carried the lessons she taught them throughout their life in consumer sciences.  Her students can vividly tell you what meals they prepared in foods lab, what home design they drew, what they made in sewing class and/or how the babies needed constant attention.    

Nancy was a faithful wife and Mother providing tremendous support at home while Francis was busy tending to the farming and ranching business. During the summer, Nancy was a judge at many county fairs.  She served as President of the Ansley Education Association. She was a member of Eastern Star and PEO Chapter S.  Nancy was a gifted singer with a beautiful soprano voice, enjoyed flowers, reading and music.    

Nancy loved deeply and will be greatly missed by her family.  Nancy is survived by her son, Lee Hircock of Kearney; her daughter and son-in-law, Sally Lynne (Hircock) and Roger Allen Schuett of Chapman; grandsons Ryan Charles Hircock and wife, Brittany (Trausch) of Cairo; Stuart Allen Hircock and wife, Grace (Brodd) of North Bend; and Tanner Lee Hircock of Lincoln;  sister and brother-in-law,  Wanda (Still) and Bill Melville of Broken Bow; sister-in-law, Joann (Douglass) Still of Anselmo;  sister-in-law, Jeanne (Hircock) Hettenbach of White City, KS; and brother- and sister-in-law, Charles and Bonnie (Devish) Hircock of Phoenix, AZ; along with many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hircock was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; her parents; her father- and mother-in-law, Francis and Merna (Peggy) Hircock; brother, Rick Still and brother-in-law, Dean Hettenbach.        

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Ansley United Methodist Church in Ansley with Pastor Lori Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. A lunch will follow the service at the Ansley United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held on Friday, May 14th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with family greeting 5:00 to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, May 15th, 11:30 to service time at the Ansley United Methodist Church.  Memorials are suggested to the Ansley United Methodist Church or Ansley EMT’s. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at


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