Nancy Rankins, daughter of the late Vernal M. Jones and Edith E. Perry Jones, was born on Feb. 3, 1941, in Rock County, Wisc., and died at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Dec. 11, 2011, at the age of 70.
Mrs. Rankins enjoyed crafting, painting, country music, knitting, puzzles, and crocheting. Nancy loved drinking coffee and spending time with her husband in the morning. She was a resident of Dexter, Mo.
She was united in marriage to Ray Rankins, Sr. in 1959 in Beloit, Wisc. Mr. Rankins survives at their home in Dexter.
Besides her husband, survivors include one son Ray (Chris) Rankins Jr. of Dexter; one daughter, Nancee Rae Rankins Scharine of Afton, Wisc.; two brothers, Richard Jones and Michael Jones, both of Brodhead, Wisc.; one sister, Donna Jones Brady of Arleta, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jerry Jones, Ronald Jones, and James Jones; and by one sister, Patricia Jones Groth.
No services will be held at this time for Mrs. Rankins. Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
The family of Nancy Rankins wished to memorialize her with the following verse that appeared on a Christmas ornament that was always dear to her heart. It reads:
"I love you all dearly, now don't shed a tear; I'm spending my Christmas with Jesus this year."