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August 4, 2023

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Nancy Bales, 71, of West Point, died Friday, August 4, 2023, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Memorial Service will be 11:00am Saturday, August 19, 2023, with Reverend Priscilla Hukki officiating at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00am – 11:00am. The family requests memorials to the Carson Cancer Center in Norfolk.

She was born to Lawerence Schulzkump and Gesela (Rubin) Schulzkump on March 25, 1952, and her presence graced the world with warmth, kindness, and unwavering strength. Nancy was the youngest daughter of seven children. Betty, Bonnie, Gerald, Robert, Sharon and Lonnie.

Throughout her life, Nancy embraced a diverse range of experiences and roles that spoke to her resilience and dedication. She graduated from West Point Public in 1970 and on November 6, 1971, married James Bales. Together, they embarked on a journey of raising wonderful children: Troy (Becky), Tabitha, Travis (Janice) and Janelle (Larry). Her devotion to her family was immeasurable, as she nurtured and guided them with love and wisdom.

In addition to her role as a loving mother, Nancy was a proud grandmother to thirteen grandchildren: Zach, Jordan, Kenny, Trinity, Titus, Josh (Jessica), Angela (Andrew), Summer, Morgan, Seth (Kae-Lei), Destiny, Malikye, Sabin and thirteen great-grandchildren: Ezrin, Sebastian, Theadora, Warren, Heath, Elliott, Leighton, Wyatt, Hazel, Lilly, Kash, Emberleigh, Jenna, Taylor and Chad. Her love and influence will continue to shape their lives, and they will carry her memory with them.

Nancy’s professional journey was a reflection of her versatility and work ethic. She held a variety of jobs, each showcasing her commitment and adaptability. From her time at country clubs to her role as a cashier, she left a positive impact on those she interacted with. Her compassion shone through in her work at retirement homes, where she cared for and brightened the lives of those in their golden years. Her foray into metal fabrication further demonstrated her ability to tackle challenges with determination.

Amidst her busy life, Nancy always found time to embrace her passions. She was a gifted crafter, a talented cook, amazing baker and a loving presence in her family’s life. She cherished moments spent with loved ones, and her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother brought her immeasurable joy. Nancy spent 15 of her later years with Mike Carley until his passing in 2022. They enjoyed having family over for get-togethers, especially hosting for the 4th of July.