Nancy Maye Caraway, 68, of Marion, surrounded by family, song, and prayer, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, after her gracious battle with cancer. Services were held Thursday, Aug. 13, at the First Baptist Church-Church of the Brethren by Pastor Jim Goodrich. Visitation was held Wednesday at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion. Burial was at Monmouth Cemetery, Monmouth.
Nancy was devoted to her husband, James W. Caraway, of 47 years, and her legacy of love continues through the lives of her children, Neal Caraway, Springville, Julie (Roup) and Philip Linse, Cedar Rapids, Jill and David Asprey, Solon, Wendy and Kent Bailey, Fort Madison, Caralyn and Steve Butler, Charlotte, Nathan and Lisa Caraway, Marion, and her 16 precious grandchildren. Nancy is also survived by her brother, James Allen, Davenport; sisters, Emily (John) Samuelson, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Cynthia (Paul) Anderson, Washington; brother-in-law, Howard Propst Reeds Spring, Mo. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister JoyAnn Propst, and grandson Jonathan Caraway.
Nancy was born in rural Wyoming, May 7, 1941, to John and Helma (Schnack) Allen. She attended Spencerville Country School through the eighth grade, and graduated from Monmouth High School. She graduated from Iowa State Teacher’s College and taught sixth grade in Tipton for two years. Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Jim, on Jan. 14, 1962, in Monmouth. Nancy was an integral part in the success of their construction company. Nancy was dependent upon the Lord throughout her life and her faith gave her strength and enabled her to reach out to others in need.
Special thanks go to Dr. Ghosh, the caring staff at Iowa Blood and Cancer Care, and St. Luke’s Hospice for their compassionate care throughout her illness.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for a ministry close to her heart, Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215, or donations may be made online at: www.sunshineacres.org .
Please sign the online guest book for Nancy at www.murdochfuneralhome.com  under obituaries.