November 7, 1956 ~ June 22, 2020
Nancy Mae Herrin, 63, Valley Springs, died Monday, June 22, 2020, suddenly and unexpectedly at the Avera McKennan Emergency Department, in Sioux Falls.
A visitation with family and open house will be 4-7pm, Friday, June 26, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, with a short prayer service at 6:30pm. A reception and gathering will follow at the American Legion Hall in Valley Springs. The family encourages everyone to wear sports jerseys to support Nancy’s love for sports.
Nancy Mae Jacobs was born in Wheaton, MN to Gordon and Betty (Walz) Jacobs on November 7, 1956, as one of six children. She was raised and attended school there. She left the area and married Mark Rath. To this union two children were born; Christopher and Danny. She later married Ron, and she was blessed with a daughter, Andrea. On 11/11/2000, she went on a first date with a strapping hunk from Valley Springs, named Don Johnson. She then added five more of his children to their blended family.
Nancy worked for Wendy’s as a manager in Sioux Falls, for a number of years. She was a CNA at the Tuff Nursing Home in Hills, MN for 15 years. Upon her retirement, she went back to work at the Valley Springs Body Shop, as Don’s office manager. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed scrabble, Sudoku puzzles and word searches. She loved cheering on the Vikings and the Twins, as well as other sports. Her favorite tv shows included Law N Order, CSI, Family Feud and anything on the Game Show Network. She and Don enjoyed traveling to Minnesota, Texas and Missouri to visit her family. They also vacationed in Medora, ND. She loved the kids at the Valley Springs Lutheran Sunday School and her great-nieces and nephews. She made sure that everyone received presents for birthdays, Christmas, and any other holiday. Don and Nancy spent their last hoorah in Branson, MO, only two weeks ago, which included her whole family for four days.
Nancy will be deeply missed by her other half, Don Johnson, Valley Springs; eight children, Christopher (Theresa) Rath, Danny (Kasey) Rath, Andrea (Paul) Rezac, Eric Johnson, Amy Stassen, Michele Johnson, Tammy Webb and Deanna Bosch; twenty grandchildren, Skylar, Jakson, Dalton, Kristen, Kayleigh, Caitlin, Michaela, Emily, Alec, Jake, Alex, Logan, Lane, Shyanne, Chloe, Nealy, Rylea, Parker, Caitlin and Dustin; five great-grandchildren, Blakely, Sterling, Stryker, Aiden and Jensen; mother, Betty Jacobs; two sisters, Kaye (Jeff) Norton and Tammie (Terry) Finke; one brother, Brad (Joetta) Jacobs; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Jacobs; sister, Deborah Zastrow; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Beverly Jacobs; and nephew Ryan Jacobs.