Nancy Ellen (Sharp) Valentine was born Jan. 30, 1949, during a blizzard. Visibility was zero as her dad drove her mother to the hospital in Excelsior Springs, Mo. When ice kept covering the windshield, he drove the rest of the way with his head out the window. Later that day, a chilled Charles Marion Sharp and Mary Maxine (Bishop) Sharp welcomed a blonde, blue-eyed baby, the only one in their family who would share the Swede coloring of her paternal grandfather, who had died two weeks earlier. Nancy graduated from Kearney (Mo.) High School in 1967 and from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., with a degree in accounting in 1978. She was the office manager for Wayne Valentine CPA in Liberty for 20 years and then publisher of the Gladstone Northland Sun newspaper before she retired in 1999. She lived in Liberty most of her life before moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bangor, Maine; and Wauwatosa, Wis.; where she died June 29, 2019 at age 70. Nancy is survived by her son, Dr. Nathan Valentine and his wife, Dr. Anne McCloskey, and their children, Rosalie and Lucille, of Brookfield, Wis.; her stepson, Christopher Valentine, and his wife, Renee, and their children, Emily and Ethan, of Liberty; her sister, Mary Sharp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her brother, Charles Sharp and his wife, Patricia, of St. Peters, Mo; and her dear friend and sister-in-law Lena Valentine of Liberty, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents, who both died in 1984. A memorial gathering will be held the weekend of July 6-7 at her son’s home in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Memorial donations may be directed to the Missouri Audubon Society at mobirds.org.

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