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Nancy Herrin

January 17, 1925 -
March 31, 2021

URBANA – Nancy J. Herrin, of Urbana, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon (March 31, 2021) at Clark-Lindsey Village Retirement Community, Urbana.

She was born on January 17, 1925 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of John and Maude V. (Brower) Jameson.  She married Moreland Herrin on December 24, 1946…read more

URBANA – Nancy J. Herrin, of Urbana, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon (March 31, 2021) at Clark-Lindsey Village Retirement Community, Urbana.

She was born on January 17, 1925 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of John and Maude V. (Brower) Jameson.  She married Moreland Herrin on December 24, 1946 in Oklahoma City, OK.  He passed away July 6, 2015.

Surviving are her children, Jean Plondke of Murfreesboro, TN, Stanley (Elizabeth Small) Herrin of Dallas, TX, and Gwen (William Morgan) Herrin of Chicago, IL; 5 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents and brother, John M. Jameson.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Savoy in Savoy, IL.

Nancy grew up in Oklahoma City, OK.  She graduated from Oklahoma State University and did graduate work in Dietetics.  Her freshman year she met Moreland Herrin.  Her junior year she won the Danforth Award, presented by the Home Economics Department in cooperation with the Purina Ralston Mills.  That summer, she traveled to Missouri and Michigan as part of the award.  She graduated from Oklahoma State before Moreland returned from WWII but remained working in Stillwater, OK, until his return.  After their marriage she continued working as a dietitian until their oldest daughter was born.

She moved with Moreland to Oklahoma City, OK, to West Lafayette, IN, to Stillwater, OK, and then to the Champaign-Urbana Community in 1958.

In the early 70’s when her children were finishing high school, she took classes at the University of Illinois to requalify as a Licensed Dietician.  She worked as a dietician at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, IL, for nearly 15 years.

Nancy loved to travel with Moreland.  From camping in Yellowstone National Park, to a summer-long family trip to 12 European countries, she visited every state, nearly 50 foreign countries, and six continents.  She always wanted to go to Egypt but never made it.

She loved to cook, to entertain, and to have large holiday dinners.  Because relatives lived so far away, she encouraged Moreland to invite his graduate students to their home for holiday dinners.  The graduate students talked about their lives in distant lands such as Iran, Venezuela, Australia, the Netherlands and  California.   She enjoyed gardening and helping others.

Nancy was well known for being generous, giving and kind.  She always wanted everyone to be comfortable and was always looking for ways to make others feel included and welcomed.  Everyone thought that she and Moreland were a wonderful couple with attributes that perfectly complemented each other.  Nancy was loved by everyone who knew her, and she will be sorely missed.

A private burial will be held and a memorial service for family members will be held later this summer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions honoring Nancy’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church at Savoy (1602 S. Prospect Ave, Savoy, IL 61874); or the Moreland Herrin Scholarship Fund (https://cee.illinois.edu/give or U. of I. Foundation, Moreland Herrin Scholarship, 205 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL  61821).

 

Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is in charge of arrangements, and condolences may be offered online at www.morganmeorialhome.com.

 

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