Nancy Wescott Balsbaugh

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Nancy Wescott Balsbaugh, age 66 of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away at St. Luke’s on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri from complications related to an aortic dissection despite the heroic efforts of the CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit doctors, nurses, and staff.  She underwent two long surgeries in a 24 hour period. 

Nancy was born in Tuscumbia, Missouri to Dr. Thomas P Wescott and Joan Zimmer Wescott RN and grew up in Holden, Missouri.  She attended Central Missouri State University after graduating from Holden High School.  She then attended Research Medical Center School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse in 1978 along with her beloved sister, Barbara Jo Pond RN.  She worked as a nurse in both hospitals and physicians offices throughout her life most recently at Premier Pediatrics in Overland Park only fully retiring in June 2020. 

She was preceded in death by her mother and father and survived by her husband of nearly 38 years Robert, sons Joel and Michael and Michael’s wife Elaine, sister Barbara and nephews Andy and Tyler Pond.  The family was at her side when she passed.  Other surviving family members included cousins Sally Westmoreland and her husband William, Mary Jane Hobbs and her husband David and daughter Annaleigh, Kimberly Thiessen, John Reid Thiessen and Stephanie Thiessen. 

Nancy was the social engine of the family and for so many other groups of friends.  She touched everyone’s lives and made them feel important.  Next to family and friends her passion for cooking and entertaining kept everyone around her connected to one and another.  Gatherings with those friends and family for holidays, birthdays or to watch the Chiefs, Royals, and especially KU Basketball were really important.  She never tired of working to make our home of 35 years even better.  She will be missed by so many but will always be in our hearts. 


There will be a celebration of her life in the future. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, Nancy would have liked donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care who took care of her mother and two close friends in the past, St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, or to any animal care agency. 


  1. Mark Ferguson on June 8, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Bob and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was obviously such a loving and caring person, we know she leaves a hole in your lives. Please accept our loving condolences and prayers.

    Brother Mark and Susan Ferguson

  2. Jim fay on June 7, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Bob, I am so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. My heart goes out to you. It is at times like these that brotherhood means the most.
    In FS&C

  3. Lindsay and Terry Anthony on June 3, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Bob and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy. She was such a sweet person and enjoyed talking with her whenever we crossed paths. I met her through our pediatrician office when our son was young many years ago and she was always so helpful. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and again we are truly sorry for this tremendous loss.

    Terry and Lindsay Anthony

  4. Tom F on June 2, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Nancy was truly one of a kind. She was one of the kindest, most welcoming people I know. I always left her house feeling better than before and well fed. She’ll be missed greatly.

  5. Kristin + Brian Watkins on June 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    The sweetest soul, gone too soon! Nancy was an amazing human whose light shined so bright on everyone who knew her. She will be missed and remembered by so many.

  6. The Halter Family on June 2, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Although we haven’t lived in town in many years, whenever we were home you always made your home feel like “home”. Thank you for all the wonderful meals, and conversations.

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