Nancy Ione Galigan was born April 7, 1949, in Cherokee, the daughter of Donald and Margaret (Morton) McQueen. She was raised in the Grand Meadow area where she attended grade school. After Grand Meadow and Marcus merged, Nancy graduated from Marcus High School in 1967. She also attended Stewart's Beauty School in Sioux City.
On Aug. 3, 1968, Nancy and Steve Galigan were united in marriage at Meadow Star United Methodist Church, rural Washta. After their marriage, Nancy tended bar at various locations in the area. She later started a career cleaning homes and businesses in the Marcus area.
Nancy was known for her wonderful cooking and baking. She enjoyed fishing, crafts and shopping. She loved animals, especially her favorite dog Cocoa, an Australian Kelpie.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of nearly 44 years, Steve Galigan, of Marcus; sisters, Carol Long, of Altoona, Elaine and Roger Leavitt, of Marcus, and Gail and Richard Korn, of Wayne, Neb.; a sister-in-law, Shari Galigan, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two great-nephews Sawyer Leavitt and Isaiah "Pooter" Ford.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. The Rev. Liz Pfeifle will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. to greet friends. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.