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Nancy Idell Martineau

February 7, 1927 April 29, 2018
Nancy Idell Martineau
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Nancy Idell Harvey Martineau
7 February 1927 – 29 April 2018

Nancy Idell Harvey Martineau passed away at her home in Blanding Utah on Sunday, April 29, 2018 after a five week battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Nancy was born February 7th 1927 in Blanding Utah. She was the daughter of Douglas and Bertha Irene Harvey. She was welcomed into the family by her brothers and sisters Jim, Irene, Susie, Rex, and Keith and they all loved her very much. Seven years later Nancy’s brother John joined the family.
When Nancy was only seven years old her mother died. But her big brother Jim had taught her about the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ so she held fast to the knowledge that she would see her mother again someday. For many months after her mother died, seven-year-old Nancy faithfully went to the cemetery every day, waiting to greet her resurrected mother; she was always disappointed, but never gave up hope. Though her mother was not resurrected in the time frame little Nancy thought she would be, she never lost her faith in Jesus Christ.
As a half-orphan she had the unique opportunity of living with various relatives and siblings as she was growing up. She went hungry a lot, and she was probably ten years old before someone showed her how to part, and comb her hair. She was both amazed and grateful for this bit of advice. She also felt very grateful to an aunt who gave her a big safety pin so she could pin her coat shut when the buttons had fallen off.
Nancy went to grade school and Jr. High in Blanding.
In 1941 she went to live with her brother Jim in Dayton, Ohio, and stayed there her freshman and sophomore years of high school. During her years in Ohio, World War II broke out. She was always to remember the day someone bustled into the rented building where their little branch held church and announced that Pearl Harbor had been bombed and America was at war! Harveys lived near Wright Patterson Air Force Base so blackouts at home and air-raid drills at school became part of her life. To help the cause she tied knots in ropes for army tents until her fingers were sore. She was very patriotic her entire life.
After two years in Ohio, Nancy went back to Blanding to live with her sister Irene Watkins. She started her junior year of high school at San Juan High. All her friends welcomed her home.
World War II raged on. By the time the class had their Junior Prom, all but four of the boys in her class had turned 18 and gone off to war.
Nancy especially enjoyed her senior year. She was editor of the paper, vice president of the student body, took the leading part in the class play, and wrote the senior prophecy. For their senior class party they went to the old swimming hole in Bluff.
After graduation she worked various jobs and then went to BYU for a year. On January 24, 1947 she married Stanley Hawkins Martineau (better known as Bud) in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Bud and Nancy became the parents of nine children: Susie, Ruth, Brenda, Stanley, Kathryn, Ann, Lynn, Sally, and Jim. They built a house in Blanding and after years of being a vagabond Nancy was so happy to finally have a home of her very own.
Naturally the raising of nine kids occupied most of Nancy’s time. She cooked, cleaned canned, did laundry, sewed, ironed, planted gardens, harvested food, baked bread, walked the floor with crying babies, played with her children, pulled pranks on Bud, served in church callings and taught her children the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Her nine children grew up, went away to college, married and served missions. All of these occasions kept her busy. Soon she became a grandma, with her first grandchild only two years younger than her last child.
At the age of 59 Nancy went back to school at CEU in Blanding; she received her Associate of Science Degree in June of 1986. At the same time, her husband Bud received a Two-Year Certificate of Completion from Provo Technical College (now UVU) in Orem Utah.
In 1987, Bud and Nancy were in a car accident on Peter’s Hill where Bud lost his life. Nancy suffered from six broken ribs, a broken ankle, and a concussion – all injuries that took time to heal – but it took even longer to heal her broken heart. She missed her Bud terribly and wished she didn’t have to be a widow for so many years. As it turned out, she was alone for 31 years.
Nancy retired from the San Juan School District in 1994 after working at the schools for 19 years. A year later her sister Susie came to live with her and the two sisters had great fun and many adventures together, traveling to interesting places near and far and collecting souvenir spoons from each place they went. Nancy and Sue had four happy years together before Susie passed away.
During her later years Nancy had the sad task of burying her husband, her father, her sisters Irene and Susie, her brothers Keith, Rex, and Jim, her brother-in-law Punk Watkins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and even five of her grandchildren.
Nancy served faithfully in church callings all her life, even those that were challenging for her. There was never a time in her adult life that she didn’t have a calling. She was still a faithful visiting teacher at the time of her death. She served in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society in both the ward and the stake, with one of her favorite callings being Jr. Sunday School Coordinator.
One of Nancy’s greatest joys was having a temple in Monticello. She was called to be an Ordinance Worker in 2003 and served in that calling for five-and-a-half years.
Nancy received the news of her disease – which had no cure – with grace and dignity, though thoughts of leaving her children and this beautiful world filled her with sadness.
Nancy was full of life and had a zest for living. She loved to read and she loved to learn. She loved this beautiful earth, and lived life to the fullest to the very last. We will miss her happy heart, her fun-loving spirit, her pranks, and her listening ear. With no pattern to follow, and no mother to guide her, she made her house a home, where all who entered felt welcome. She loved each one of us with a pure love and she gave us the priceless gift of a happy childhood, for which we will be forever grateful. Though our parting is sorrowful, we find comfort knowing she is reunited with her mother and father, and our dad, and that we, too, will see our mother again someday.
Nancy returned to her heavenly home on a pretty spring day at the age of 91, just five short weeks after she learned she had terminal leukemia. She is survived by her brother John Harvey and his wife Jody; her Harvey half-siblings: Leslie, Bruce, Bonnie, Anne, Jeannie, Allyn, and David; her nine children and their spouses: Susie and Jim Jones, Ruth and David Welton, Brenda and Milton Rose, Stanley and Vicky Martineau, Kathryn and Reed Lyman, Ann and Bill Bayles, Lynn and Michelle Martineau, Sally and Derryl Jack, and Jim and Stacy Martineau; 45 of 50 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Friday May 4, 2018 at the LDS North Chapel in Blanding Utah with interment in the Blanding City Cemetery.


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Visitation

Friday

4

May

9:30 AM 5/4/2018 9:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 5/4/2018 11:30:00 AM
Blanding LDS North Chapel

255 East 200 North
Blanding, Utah 84511

Blanding LDS North Chapel
255 East 200 North Blanding 84511 Utah
United States

Funeral

Friday

4

May

12:00 PM 5/4/2018 12:00:00 PM
Blanding LDS North Chapel

255 East 200 North
Blanding, Utah 84511

Blanding LDS North Chapel
255 East 200 North Blanding 84511 Utah
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Blanding City Cemetery Final Resting Place

500 North Grayson Parkway
Blanding, UT 84511

500 North Grayson Parkway Blanding 84511 UT
United States
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