Nancy Jo Sipes

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Nancy Jo Sipes, 73, of Waco, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012 at her residence. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8PM Friday, July 6th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Nancy was born September 29, 1938 in Denver, CO to Elmo and Merle Ellis. She married William (Bill) Sipes on July 6, 1958 in Oakland, Iowa. They moved to Waco in 1972. She worked many years at Sears and retired from Central National Bank in September 2011. She and Bill were passionate about following Baylor Lady Bears Basketball. She loved her grandchildren dearly, and her beloved dog, Maggie. She and Bill also enjoyed traveling together.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Bill Sipes on August 9, 2010; her parents, Elmo and Merle Ellis; her in-laws, William H., Sr. and Sarah Sipes; and two sisters, Kim Ellis and Janet Appleby.

Survivors daughters, Kelley White of Kaufman, and Kristin Craig and husband Steven of Lorena; grandchildren, Lindsey White, Brad White, Emily Craig, and Ben Craig; great grandson, Triston; and other relatives including Chuck and Norma Hagood and their children, Laurie and Jeff, and Brad and Regina Cleaveland and their children, Mychal and Justine.

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  1. Nancy was my supervisor at Sears back in the late 80’s, when I was a struggling graduate student. I truly have never met a kinder, more gracious individual. I have not seen her since 1990, but when I saw her picture in the obituary, happy memories came flooding back. She was one of those rare people who spread light wherever they go. She was a blessing to me, and to many others, and I hope this thought comforts you in your sorrow.

    God bless.

  2. Kristen just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about your Mothers passing. My thoughts are with you and your family. Love Carla Welsh

  3. George and Cyndi Snokhous

    To the Family of Nancy Sipes, we are sorry for the loss of the lovely and graceful Nancy. We enjoyed many wonderful times in her company. We pray God will comfort all of you.

  4. We are so very sorry with your loss. Nancy was a great friend all through high school. We lost touch after they moved to Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  5. Jan Weeks and J.R. Lukenbach

    We met Bill & Nancy a number of years ago in Dallas at the Big 12 championship. And, we became instant Baylor fans. We always looked forward to seeing them each year. And, to smiles, hugs & kisses. Will always remember Nancy’s kindness and her ‘I love yous’.

  6. There was no one more caring and sweet than Nancy. I was so blessed to have worked with her at Sears and the Bank sharing morning coffee together. She was my home away from home Mom – I will cherish all her memories as I know all her dearest friends and family will also. SHe was a unique lady and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with Kelley, Kristin and families.
    Don and Jane Franklin

  7. In the late 80’s I worked at Sears in Waco. I have always cherished the memories of many people I worked with there, and Nancy is one of those favorite memories. She was a wonderful person to know, and even years later when I would go into Sears she would recognize me and say hello, calling me by name, even though I only worked there about 2 years.

    I know she will be missed. I will always remember her fondly.

  8. As a high school classmate of Nancy’s I have some great memories of her. I remember Nancy’s birthday parties we had at Elmo’s roller rink and of course she was a great athlete in high school playing basketball on several state tournament teams at Oakland High School. It was great to see her at our 50 year class reunion in 2006. I know she will be missed by her family, friends and former classmates. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. Jerry & Betty Kindhart

  9. I’m so grateful to have known Nancy. I worked at Sears in the late 80’s when I was a student at Baylor, and will always remember her patience and positive attitude towards everyone. She was a special person indeed.

  10. So sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Karen (Denton) Harris

    I am so sorry about hearing that Nancy has passed.
    I remember when I first saw Nancy. She was roller akating at her parent’s rink. This was way back when we were probably 10 years old. I admired what a great skater she was.
    Karen Harris

    I know it will be difficult for her family to accept the empty place that Nancy left in each of your hearts.
    May all your good memories give you comfort.

  12. I work at SEARS with Nancy for many years. She was a very good associate and was LOVED by all who knew her. She will be missed.

    She was a great help to me when I lost my wife Lynn, in 1989.

  13. Laura Beth Chapy (Brown)

    Kelley and Kristin, my deepest symphathy for our loss. Your mom and dad make up so many memories for me. My prayers are with you and your families during this time. Blessings,
    Laura Beth

  14. Loomis and Darla Craig

    Kristin, Kelly, Steven and all the grandchildren we want you to know how sorry we were to hear about Nancy’s passing. She was a wonderful sweet lady and we were so glad to have known her. Cherish your memories and keep her close in your hearts. We love you all.

  15. Rachel Williamson Hernandez

    I am very sad to hear the news. Nancy hired me for my first job, working at the Waco Sears in the credit department in 1987 while I was in college. She was such a wonderful supervisor and person! She had such a great knack with the customers and tirelessly worked the customer service department. She really made a wonderful and positive impact on my life. My heart goes out to you both and her grandchildren. Rachel

  16. Dear Girls and Family, I know this has been a difficult week for you. Your beautiful Mother is no longer with us, but only in wonderful memories. I can see her in my minds eye at CHS athletic events and the Lady Bears games. Nancy was always so sweet and kind and patient with and to everyone. She will be missed. May you feel God’s comfort at this time. Rae Peoples

  17. Roger and Alice McCabe

    Nancy, you were a class act that anyone would have a hard time following. You were a friend, a co-worker, a travel mate, and so much more. We have admired your strength and your devotion. You will be so missed- Alice and Roger

  18. Sherie and Scott brown

    To all family and close friends of nancy; just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Tim and Denise Castiglia

    Nancy was a very special lady. We will miss her and Bill very much.

  20. We are so sorry of hearing of Nancy’s passing.Will miss our neighbor as she was a very wonderful person. You girls had great parents and I am one who was glad to have known them. God bless you both and your families!
    Don & Wanda Thaden

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