Nancy White, 75, Austin

Published 10:27 am Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nancy Ann White, 75, of Austin, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at her home.


Nancy was born March 24, 1937, in Austin to Frank and Georgia (Nordland) Downey. She grew up in Austin and graduated from high school.

On Nov. 3, 1956, she married Merrill M. DeRaad. They had three children, and were married for 25 years before they divorced. Later, Nancy met and married Paul W. White in 1982. They were happily married for years, before Paul passed away.

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Nancy loved and enjoyed her family, especially the grandkids and great-grandkids. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, reading, sewing and also volunteered at the Paramount and Historical Society in Austin.

Her presence will be forever missed on every holiday and birthday. She is greatly loved by everyone who knew her.

Survivors include her daughters Shari Talamantes of Albert Lea and Beth (Frank) Jensen of Austin; stepchildren: Butch (Marilyn) White of Detroit Lakes, Judy (Ron) Anderson of Moorhead, JoAnn (Steve) Quam of Detroit Lakes; siblings, Tom (Marsha) Downey of Austin, Pam Grover of Austin, Sharon Decker of Austin and Jack (Kelly) Downey of Austin; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul; brother Pat; son Jay DeRaad; great-grandson, Gauge Jensen.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today and one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Saturday. Interment will be in Enterprise Cemetery.