Nancy Wescott Balsbaugh
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.
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.