Nancy Reese


Nancy Reese’s life on earth ended on June 24, 2021 at home in Lenexa, Kansas, but her life with Jesus continues.  

Nancy Gail Eilers was born on February 16, 1953 to Gilbert and Joyce Eilers in Omaha, Nebraska. She married Richard Reese, the love of her life, on June 12, 1971. Rich and Nancy lived for 4 years in Chicago, Illinois and another 2 years in Omaha before finally settling in Lenexa, Kansas for the last 44 years of her life. Nancy was a Registered Nurse and Diabetic Educator and spent most of her career at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (now AdventHealth Shawnee Mission). Rich and Nancy had three sons, Bryan, Jason, and Nic, whom she loved dearly. Rich and Nancy loved to travel, Nancy having been to all 7 continents, all 50 states, all 5 oceans and over 80 countries. Her favorite city was Venice, Italy, which she managed to visit three times. She also enjoyed sharing her love of Jesus on mission trips, having gone to Romania, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Nancy battled cancer for the last 27 years. She strived to make it to their 50th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2021. 

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Rich (and Sophie), sons Bryan (Taski), Jason (Amanda), and Nic, and five grandchildren, Emma, Abigail, Carter, Julian and Jacobo. She is also survived by two sisters, Linda Randall and Shari Leonard, both of Omaha, and their families.


Services will be at Lenexa Baptist Church on July 8, with visitation beginning at 6 pm and memorial service at 7 pm. Condolences and remembrances about Nancy may be left after her obituary, online, at Cremation Center of Kansas City.

Memorial Contributions

Donations in Nancy’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Lenexa Baptist Church Missions.


  1. Elaine Githere on September 13, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    I met Nancy a feed years back. I’m a massage therapist and used to see her on a regular basis. She was kind hearted and once I learned her daily medical struggles, I offered free monthly sessions ( the least I could do for her). I took a travel job and not having a set schedule in KC, I slowed down with MT. Lately I’ve been pondering if she’s ok and reached out with no answer. I googled her name and this came up. Quite saddened to learn she transitioned. Heaven definitely gained a beautiful soul. To her beloved family Sorry for the loss. May God continue to comfort you and May her beautiful memories linger on till you meet her again.

  2. John and theresa wills on July 9, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Rich, we were so sad to hear Nancy had passed away. We know she was an amazing woman and loved her boys and especially her grand children. She was a person you enjoyed being around and loved to hear her talk about your travels. She never complained and if you didn’t know it you would have had no idea the battle she faces every day. She will be missed by all of us. The Lord will welcome her with open arms and we know she is pain free now. Our prayers will be with you and your family.

  3. Dan and Melony Bergen on July 8, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Philippians 2:3
    “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves”.

    This is the verse that comes to mind for Dan and I as we think of Nancy. Always interested in where we had traveled and remembering to ask how our family was.

    Even in her weakest moments, friends and family were important to her. When, as a Sunday School class we gathered to pray for her and ask God’s blessing in her difficult times, it was all of us that walked away blessed by her attitude and love for others.

    Nancy is healed from cancer! She can jump, she can eat, she can walk, she can dance. Nancy is home and whole. Nancy did not lose her battle….she has won!

    2 Timothy 4:7
    “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful”.

  4. David Brown on July 8, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I first got to know Nancy personally when she went on FBC’s first foreign missions trip to Haiti. It was to a hospital and orphanage so it was a perfect fit for one who loved both travel and missions. I learned on that trip of her competence and caring nature, a combination not always in such generous supply in the same medical professional! Whether it was just holding the infants and toddlers in the home or assisting the doctor in the daily triage of hundreds of patients, where only the most urgent would be treated, she seemed unflappable in the face of such sad examples of human need. Of course, the real characteristic behind that is courage which Nancy has demonstrated in so many ways in these final months of her life.

    When I think of those competent, caring hands the lines of a old poem come to mind as something that might encourage us to follow her example: “Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today; No feet but our feet to lead men in the way; no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died; no help but our help to bring them to His side.”

  5. Cindy Follmer on July 6, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Nancy’s sweet and kind spirit will be forever remembered. She always had a friendly smile to greet you, even if she wasn’t feeling wonderful. I will cherish the last few weeks that I was able to spend time with her … I was there to help her, but she became a blessing to me.

  6. Rich Reese on July 6, 2021 at 8:11 am

    It’s difficult to talk about Nancy without using superlatives. She was the greatest wife, mother and grandmother. She was the greatest lover, eating companion and traveling companion. She was always the prettiest girl in whatever room she walked into. She was the best nurse. When Shawnee Mission Medical Center decided to have an employee of the year award, she was the first recipient. She loved her family and friends, her church and Jesus. She was the kindest, sweetest and most giving person.

    And she loved me.

    And I loved her.


    • Marie Tindle on July 7, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      I remember years ago when the boys (David and Nic) maybe Nate and Rob too were getting ready to go off to KU. Nancy made dinner for the kids and parents and we got together to eat dinner and be excited together. David spent a lot of time at their house over the years. Nancy was like his other mother. I was always grateful for that.

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