Nancy Lee Shubat


Nancy Lee Shubat was born October 14, 1932, in the Danish community of Elk Horn, Iowa. Her family later moved to Boxholm, Iowa, and then Alta, Iowa, with her father’s work as an educator and later superintendent of schools.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents (Ralph Holger Jorgensen and Lois Evelyn Doty) and her sisters (Shirley Elaine Laffin and Gretchen Sue Paulsen). She is survived by her brother Craig Jorgensen. Nancy is also survived by her two daughters (Sally Jo Shubat and Rebecca Sue Gude), three grandchildren (Claire Gude Harrison, Gerald Robert Gude, and Ellen Grayson Gude), two son-in-laws Gerald Michael Gude and Michael Grant Harrison and two great grandchildren (Michael Henry Harrison and Peter Sims Harrison). 

The three Jorgensen girls grew up singing at various church and public venues. Singing was something Nancy loved through much of her life.

 While in high school, Nancy played in the band and was a cheerleader. She attended Iowa State College 1950 – 1952, studying Textiles and Clothing. She worked one summer at the Des Moines Register, where she also did some modeling. While in college, Nancy was chosen as a Dairy Princess during her freshman year and later was the Iowa State Harvest Ball Queen. She was a cover girl for the “Green Gander,” a campus humor magazine. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. While in college, Nancy met Raymond Lee Shubat, who she married after her second year of college on October 14, 1952. They lived in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Denison, Iowa, and later Rock Port, Missouri.

While living in Denison, Nancy was a creative homemaker. She designed and made much of the family’s clothing. She entertained often and was a stellar cook. She was also a Brownie Scout leader.

After moving to Rock Port in 1965, Nancy continued homemaking and other activities. She sang in a Sweet Adeline Barbershop Quartet that participated in regional contests. She directed the Angel Choir at the Lutheran Church. The summer of the nation’s bicentennial, she played the heroine in a community melodrama. In the early 1970s, she worked as a hostess at Trail’s End restaurant before becoming City Clerk of Rock Port. 

In 1989, Nancy moved to Kansas City. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at Boatmen’s Bank (later Bank of America) in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and other branches in the Kansas City area. She joined the Village Presbyterian Church, took watercolor classes, and gardened. After retiring in 1997, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Village Church Food Pantry. She also made good friends with a group of retirees who walked and had coffee in the mornings at Ward Parkway.

 In 2019, Nancy moved to independent living at The Forum in Leawood, Kansas, where she lived until her death.

Nancy delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren whether it was during Saturday morning coffee visits, school activities, or holidays. During her last few years, Nancy’s favorite activity was viewing their photo updates on her iPad many times throughout each day.


  1. Nina & Marc Hollabaugh on July 10, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Dear Becky & Sally
    What a beautiful remembrance. Your Mom was such a lovely and sweet woman. I can see her joy of family and life in both of you! Cherish the wonderful gifts and memories you shared.

  2. Patrick Ryan on July 10, 2022 at 8:32 am

    I had the privilege of working with Nancy for many years. She was a kind and thoughtful person who was always generous with her time if others (usually me) needed help. She will be missed by her family and friends.

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