Nancy “Jane” (Dickinson) McComb, 83, of Salina, passed away peacefully at her home, Nov. 25, 2018. She was a beloved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother lovingly known as “Nanny” and treasured friend to many. Nancy was born Jan. 26, 1935, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Levi Call and Marion Carmichael Dickinson.
She celebrated her Iowa roots and loved spending free time on her family’s farm. Summers were spent attending Clearwater Camp in Minocqua, Wis., where she thoroughly enjoyed her role as both a camper and then camp counselor. Nancy attended Connecticut College in New London, Conn., before attending the University of Colorado where she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, studied history and earned her bachelor’s degree in education. While at CU, she met the love of her life, Thomas Marvin McComb, at a law school dance. The couple was married, July 12, 1957.
The couple spent their early years of marriage in Tacoma, Wash., Charlottesville, Va., and Denver before settling back in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1960. Nancy prioritized raising her three children, volunteering and serving on numerous boards and committees including the Fort Collins Housing Authority, League of Women Voters, and Culture Club. Throughout the late 1970s, Nancy served as director of church school at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins where she and her husband were active members.
Nancy had a lifelong passion for learning, evident in her love of books, love of travel and, throughout the early 1980s, her fervent dedication to studying history (early Christian Church) in a master’s program at Colorado State University. She was known for her infectious smile, compassionate and generous spirit, as well as her ability to listen. Her love of family was ever-present. As a widow, she moved to Salina, and Omaha, Neb., to be with her children and grandchildren. Attending piano recitals and sporting events, participating in routine, day-to-day activities with her family, and cultivating life-long friendships gave her the most joy, as did her beloved dog, Mister.
She is survived by: her daughters, Jane Gates and Jane’s husband, Tom, of Salina, and Molly Skold and Molly’s husband, Karl, of Fort Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Sally Flenthrope, Dr. Roger Struble, Tom Struble, Alex Skold, Nate Skold and Anna Skold, Decker Gates and Riley Gates; and great-grandchildren, Easton and Hadley Flenthrope. Nancy was preceded in death by: her husband, Thomas Marvin; and her son, Thomas Jackson.
A Celebration of Life service is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, 531 South College Ave, Fort Collins, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in her memory to: the Stiefel Theatre or the First Presbyterian Church of Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.