Nancy Mae Muckel

April 28, 1947 - April 3, 2024

Nancy Mae Muckel was born April 28, 1947 in Reno, NV to LaRoy Grant and Alpha Naomi Parsons (Lehman) of Fallon and Hazen, NV.

She grew up in Reno, NV learning to drive in her dad’s Jeep.  Volunteering began as a Candy Striper at Washoe Medical Hospital.  She graduated from Reno High School 1966 and attended the University of Nevada-Reno in Food Management.

She married Gary Bruce Muckel on June 10, 1967 at St. Paul Methodist Church in Reno.

Her husband Gary was a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, USDA that led to several job transfers.  She moved with husband Gary from Reno to Burley, ID, then Twin Falls, ID then Bismarck, ND and Albuquerque, NM.  Each move she continued to serve her community in Jaycettes.  In Twin Falls she ran the Junior Miss Pageant.  Bowling and reading were a passion for these early years surrounding her role as mother to William Dean born in Burley, ID in 1973 and Tamera Kay born in Twin Falls, ID in 1976. In her 4 years in Bismarck, ND besides mothering her two kids she offered day care service to other children often involving them to Jaycette community activities. Later in Albuquerque she served again in Jaycettes and then as a Den Mother and Brownie Leader and member of Civitans.  She applied her kitchen skills teaching microwave cooking, a growing sensation at the time.

Tigard, OR was her next reassignment where she became involved in Welcome Wagon, becoming President of the group before her final move to Lincoln, NE in 1992.  She had many life-long friends from each location.

Welcome Wagon (later to become Women’s Welcome Club) was a natural attraction when she moved to Lincoln.  She served as Vice President and Treasurer in those early years in Lincoln.  She started several different activities over the years including Bunco, potlucks, hand and foot, and various book clubs and continued most of these until her passing. She also was a former member of Newcomers and the Heritage League. She loved getting together with many friends.  She loved to bake and decorate cakes.

For several years she volunteered at the Lincoln Children’s Museum helping with crafts. She always was very supportive to her husband’s Kiwanis and collecting activities, traveling across the country and overseas to various shows and conventions.

She battled breast cancer on and off for nearly 20 years but did not slow her down from her many activities and gatherings with friends.

Survived by husband Gary, sister Joan Austin of Sparks, NV, daughter Tamera Kay Muckel of Sparks, NV, son William Dean Muckel and daughter in law Holly Muckel of Lincoln, grandchildren Kira Isabel Muckel and Shane Muckel of Lincoln and nieces and nephews in Reno, Sparks and Winnemucca, NV.

Memorials can be made to the Lincoln Center Kiwanis.


Memorial Service


Roper & Sons South Chapel

3950 Hohensee Drive (40th & Yankee Hill)
Lincoln, NE 68516

(402) 261-5907

Share a Memory or Condolence

April 8, 2024

I met Nancy as a newcomer to Lincoln after joining Welcome Wagon. She was involved in several of the groups that I participated in. I always enjoyed her wit and knowledge. Crafting and games at her home are some of my fondest memories. I’m very sorry for your loss. I will always cherish my memories of Nancy and the Welcome Wagon family.

– Leasa Garrett
April 8, 2024

We have so many fond memories of Nancy. We moved back to Lincoln in 1992 and I met Nancy at bookclub in 1993. Nancy was known for her fantastic desserts. She was a true artist with her baking creations. She hosted a wonderful birthday party for my Mother. When our grandsons came from New Jersey she went with us to the football stadium and of course remembered to bring a camera. The boys to this day are thrilled to have walked on the field and thanks to Nancy have that photo. She spent hours making a Barbie birthday cake when Caitlin our 3 year old from New Jersey came to visit. Nancy, loved to remind me when I would make too long a turn that I could get a ticket for that in Nevada. Nancy spent hours volunteering at the Children’s Museum. She organized our bunco group and sometimes had a a hard time getting the women to pay attention.l She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

– Marsha Cooney
April 8, 2024

May GOD bless your family in this difficult time and help them through this, you are no longer in pain or discomfort praise our heavenly Father

– D.J. Hogan
April 8, 2024

Dear Gary and Family: Jay, the kids, and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of Nancy. She was such a lovely person. She was always so kind and talented, and her presence will be sorely missed. She was such a good friend to my folks and my grandmother. She certainly made the move back to Lincoln even better for my parents. I have such wonderful memories of Nancy. When we would come to visit, she was so sweet to the kids. They have such wonderful memories of going to the children’s museum and swimming in my folks’ pool with her. Caitlin still talks about the beautiful Barbie cake she made for her 3rd birthday. It was certainly a labor of love, and we all still love to look at the pictures. I love how she impressed Caitlin with her “ring toes” and her manicures and pedicures. This might explain Caitlin’s need for manicures and jewelry. I also remember when Nancy lost her toe ring in the pool, and the boys were happily diving in the pool looking for it. Chris and Will still talk about making sushi with Nancy at Grandma and Grandpa’s. I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling right now. The world lost such a special person, but heaven gained an angel. I pray that all your wonderful memories help sustain you during this sad time. I know Nancy has a place in all our hearts. We are sending you comfort, hugs and love. Nancy was such a kind person, and we miss her. Love, Siobhan and Jay, Will, Chris and Caitlin Hogge

– Siobhan Cooney Hogge
April 7, 2024

I became acquainted with Nancy when I joined her Bunco group. We both had April 28th as our birthday and referred to each other as birthday buddies. She will be missed and remembered fondly. With sympathy to the family that she spoke of fondly and often.

– Sharon Birch
April 6, 2024

Things just won’t be the same without Nancy around. She has been in my circle for the 20 years I have lived in Lincoln. We met in Welcome Wagon where we were in a Canasta group, Bunco group and most recently a Mexican Train group. We often enjoyed celebrating our April birthdays together. She will be missed and remembered very fondly.

– Sheryl Hudgins
April 5, 2024

Dale and I have many fond memories of the Muckel family when they lived in Albuquerque. So sorry to hear of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and family.

– Ginger and Dale Horner

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