Obituary: Nancy Marguerite Gaskill

Nancy Marguerite Gaskill, a 50-year resident of Carson City, died September 14, 2009, at Renown Regional Medical Center, as the result of a fall. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.

Nancy was born in Kansas City, Mo., August 24, 1937, to Fred and Margery McCahon Fischer. She graduated from Elko (Nevada) High School in 1955, and Avila University in Kansas City in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree.

She met John Gaskill in March of 1959, and they were married in the First Presbyterian Church in Elko on August 22, 1959, by the Rev. Harold Van Zee. John and Nancy immediately moved to Carson City where they raised their family. Additionally, Nancy practiced her much loved profession of nursing, in various capacities, until retiring in 2003.

In addition to caring for her family, Nancy was an avid bridge player, Scrabble player, and reader. After the death of her son John (affectionately known as Boo) Nancy said she was not finished parenting, and she became a foster parent.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John, her daughter Susan Martinovich and her daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Steve Schuette. Her grandchildren include Christopher Martinovich, Phillip Martinovich, and Steven Schuette. John Boyer of Yuma, Ariz., and Shannon Hirman of Colorado are foster children who Nancy considered her own. She is also survived by her loving brother and sister-in-law Joe and Sharen Fischer of Houston as well as several wonderful cousins, including Marilyn and John McCahon. She was preceded in death by her son, John Collins 'Boo' Gaskill, in 1984.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Community, 3000 N. Lompa Lane. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Nancy's memory to the John Collins Gaskill Washington DC Memorial Scholarship (c/o Joellen Powers, 1140 W. King St. Carson City, NV, 89702) or the charity of your choice.

Nancy will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.


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