Nancy Cartee, 86, formerly of Danville, passed away Nov. 13, 2019, at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Plano, Texas. Nancy was born June 17, 1933, to Wilbur and Marie Hamblin in Viola, Wis. While Nancy was in high school, her family moved to Georgetown, where she soon met the love of her life, Donald Lee Rice at the Georgetown Methodist Church. They were married Dec. 2, 1951, in Georgetown. After settling in Danville, they were blessed with two children, Nanette (Michael) Finkle of Marco Island, Fla., and James (Corinne) Rice of Flower Mound, Texas. Donald preceded her in death in 1998. She married the late Robert Cartee in 1999 and they lived in Boca Grande, Fla., and Danville, until his death in 2004.
Nana, as she was known to her family, adored her four grandchildren, Alexander (Fabiana) White of Houston, Texas, Christopher White of Chicago, Elizabeth (Brett Irle) Mellen of Danville and Kristen (Ethan) Baker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and her two great-grandchildren, Gabriela and Enzo White of Houston. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters and one brother, Gretchen (Roger) Race, Mary Ann McMurray and Michael (Ila) Hamblin. She always remained in close contact with two dear friends of her entire adult life, Anne Meidel Holland of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Beverly Shea Kesler of Danville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother and five sisters, Bill Hamblin, Elaine Almquist, Faith Lambert, Marilyn Swanson, Carol Lallemont and Loretta Rutledge; as well as a very special brother-in-law, the Very Reverend Dean Rice of Chicago.
Nancy loved reading, painting, needlepoint and shelling on the beaches of Boca Grande. Nancy will always be remembered for her flair for fashion, interior design and love of orchids. She always made holiday and family gatherings very special for her family.
She was a former member of the KE Chapter of PEO, Danville Garden Club, Danville Symphony Orchestra Guild, Camilla Study Group, Birthday Club, the Boca Grande Club and one of the longest tenured members of the Danville Country Club.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 308 N. Vermilion St. in Danville. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. Private interment will be at the Church of the Atonement, Chicago. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Church of the Holy Trinity or the Danville Country Club.
Published on November 22, 2019