Nancy Jane McCulloh
January 16, 1931 ~ January 22, 2014
Nancy Jane McCulloh, nee’ Green, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died on January 22, 2014, in her home in Wenatchee, WA. She was the eldest daughter of Samuel Fowler Green and Veronica (Blezek) Green. She was born on January 16, 1931, in Des Moines, IA, where her family had an auto dealership. Nancy was educated at Brownell Talbot in Omaha and the Universities of Nebraska and Toledo, where she affiliated with the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was a teacher. After completing her student teaching in Perrysburg, OH, she moved to California, where she taught for five years. In 1959, she decided to have an adventure for a few years and took an elementary school teaching position in Germany with the U.S. Nato forces. There she traveled widely and met her future husband, Paul A. McCulloh, who was also a teacher with the DOD. They married in November, 1961, and honeymooned in the Tyrol. Nancy and Paul had a son, Jeffery Ernest in 1963, and shortly thereafter, transferred to London. In 1967, they moved to Newmarket, England, where they lived happily at Paddocks Drive until they retired in 1992. Nancy and Paul both taught at Lakenheath A.F.B. and lived through “interesting times”, witnessing the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the social unrest of the 1960s and 1970s and the Thatcher era. They have many friends in England and loved to go antiquing and to visit historical sites. Nancy and Paul were briefly famous when the first series of the Antique Roadshow came to Ely. Their “old milk jug” turned out to be the “find of the year” as a Ming vase from the 14th century. Nancy taught fifth grade for over 30 years and was an outstanding teacher. She received numerous awards. One student described her as “tough, but fun” and a colleague stated that, “Nancy’s students were always at grade level and strong on the basics. When they got out of her class, they were always rock solid on the material.” Nancy was a polite, considerate, friendly person who always saw the positive side of everyone. She rarely took offense. Her motto was, “Because nice matters.” She once said, “There’s enough strife in the world. I don’t need to add to it.” She collected porcelain pigs, as they were symbols of good luck in Germany. Paul and Nancy moved to Wenatchee in 1992, after summering here for decades with their friends, Gib and Charlene Edwards. They built a house on Burch Mountain and often visited their son in Maine, staying in their small summer cape in Lewiston. Nancy served on a number of town committees, the Board of the Salvation Army and was a congregant at St. Lukes’. She donated often to many children’s charities. She doted on her grandchildren.
She is sorely missed by her family. She is survived by her sister, Martha Perry of Elyria, OH; and her daughters, Kathy and Kristine. She is also survived by her husband, Paul; son, Jeff; daughter-in-law, Heather; and grandchildren, Gordon and Charlotte.
Nancy very much lived the adage, “A lady never deliberately causes offense and always treats others as she’d like to be treated.”
Episcopal Services will be held at St. Lukes’ Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of memorial flowers, Nancy would have preferred a donation be made to the Salvation Army; Brownell Talbot at 400 North Happy Hollow Boulevard, Omaha, NE 68132; or a charity of choice.