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Nancy Lee (Dixon) Casey

Nancy Lee (Dixon) Casey, 77, of Caldwell, died August 16, 2012, in 
Caldwell, Idaho, after a long, and brave, battle with Parkinson's.  

Nancy was born February 10, 1935, in Scheller, IL., the youngest of 
the nine children of Andrew Jackson Dixon and Elsie Mae (Shelton) Dixon.  
Nancy graduated from Waltonville High School in 1953, and married Tommy Atkins 
shortly after.  They divorced shortly after their son, Mark, was born.  
Following the divorce, she and Mark moved to Idaho to join two of her sisters 
already living there and began working as a switchboard operator for the phone 
company.  It was there that she met Fred Duke, and they married on Dec. 7, 1956.  
He brought his two daughters, Mary and Donna, to the relationship.  And in 1960, 
Nancy gave him a third daughter, Leslie.  Nancy and Fred were married until his 
death in 1978.  She then met Walter Casey, and they married April 23, 1982.  
Life really began in earnest for her then as they traveled the country extensively 
and entertained often.  Nancy was the consummate hostess, preparing scrumptious 
meals and setting beautiful tables.  As Telephone Pioneers of America members, 
they both attended and hosted many a campout.  Walt and Nancy were married 27 years 
until his death, exactly a year before, on August 16, 2011. Nancy was also a dedicated 
patriot. July 4th was on even par with Christmas as her favorite holiday, and red, white 
and blue were her favorite colors whether for clothing, table decor, or even the flowers 
in the garden that Walt planted for her.  She was as generous as she was patriotic, 
keeping mental notes of needs and wants, then finding those special items to give as 
gifts.  She was talented and creative, loved music, stained glass, sewing, reading 
romance and mystery novels, camping, and feeding her hummingbirds.  She also was an 
accomplished fisherwman, out-fishing most of those who fished with her.  
Nancy will be sorely missed by all who knew her, including each one of her caregivers.  

A special thanks to the staff at her care facilities, and to the hospice teams who 
watched over her.  

She was preceded in death also by her parents and seven of her eight siblings.  

Her legacy of love remains in her son, Mark Atkins (Crystal); a daughter Leslie Eyton 
(Steve); Steven L. Casey (Linda); Gregory S. Casey Sr. (Julia); Carlee Casey (Janina); and 
Mary Hartman and Donna Scharfen.  Her grandchildren include Ambur Emrich, Steven E. Eyton (Stacy); 
Tara Nelson (John), Jeff Casey, Jackson T. Eyton (Rosa), Gregory S. Casey Jr., Aaron Atkins, and 
Adam Atkins.  Great-grandchildren include Braden and Reese, twins Raegan Ann and Rylee Jo, Trinity, 
and Daniel.  

Nancy's Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at 
Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Interment will follow at Joplin Cemetery, Meridian, ID. 


Source: Unknown Idaho newspaper
Date: August 2012
Submitted by; Rosemary Newell Atkins





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