Nancy Greve Paulson

Nancy Greve Paulson, age 78, passed peacefully from this life on September 12, 2007 after a valiant battle with West Nile virus. Although she faced many challenges and obstacles in her journey through life, she faced them with grace and dignity.

She was born in Sioux City, Iowa on February 28, 1929 to Gertrude C. and John C. Greve. She attended Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa where she majored in music. Nancy’s love of music continued throughout her life. In 1954, she moved to Texas and, ultimately located to Bryan, where she met and fell in love with Howard Glenn Paulson. They were married in 1958, and that marriage lasted twenty-eight years until Howard was prematurely taken from his family by cancer. Nancy worked in many capacities, including as a real estate salesperson and a tax preparer. The job she loved the most, however, and to which she devoted herself was being the best mother, role model, and friend she could ever be to her three eternally grateful children.

Although her body was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, her mind was sharp with wit and humor. She loved people, loved to visit, and loved to laugh. Despite her frailties, she was an inspiration to others. Her warmth, strength, and courage have left an indelible impression on those who were lucky enough to have shared life with her. Her passing has left a void in many people’s hearts, and she will be missed so much by those who loved her.

She is survived by her brother, John C. Greve (Jack) of Bryan, Texas, and three children: Mark of San Antonio, Texas, and his wife Lisa Walker; Lisa of Austin, Texas, and her husband, Michael O’Toole; and her baby, Patrick of Austin, Texas, and his wife Suzanne. In addition, she is survived by two grand-daughters, Cameron Cammack and Ashley Paulson; two great-grand-daughters, Myra and Addie Cammack; a niece, Lisa Zangari Oldner, and a nephew, Dan Greve.

In addition, she had numerous friends and neighbors who assisted her with great care and attention as her mounting physical frailties began to take their toll, and the family is eternally grateful for these efforts. The family would especially like to thank her special friend and caretaker, Jenny Becker; her long-time neighbor and friend, Betty Overby; all her other caring neighbors and friends who consistently checked on her and provided support and assistance; her physician, Dr. Stephen Tseng and his kind nurse, Karen; the caring folks in the Physician’s Center cafeteria who made sure she had food just the way she liked it; her letter carrier, Becky Harvell, who took extra care to make sure she got her mail; and Bill Scott, who brought her spiritual life to her when she was physically unable to attend church.

In conformity with Nancy’s wishes, a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on September 22, 2007 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by a reception to celebrate her life at her home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to The Arthritis Foundation’s Hope Through Heroes tribute site at or to a charity of your choice.


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of grief and sadness. But know your mom is looking over you now and is in a better place.


    William – Jen

  2. A donation will be made to the athritis foundation that was mentioned. Sorry for all involved for their loss.

    Charles Paulissen

  3. I am so sorry. The pain is acute right now, but those who care pray that the pain eases quickly. Just remember the joy your mother brought to you. You will miss her forever.

  4. God bless Nancy and all of you. You are lucky to have had (and to have inherited) your mother’s wit and kindness.

    Take good care and find peace in knowing you helped her enjoy her life until the very last minute.

  5. I want to thank Mark, Lisa, And Pat for sharing their mom with me. All of you, will always hold a special place in my heart.


  6. I have never read a more beaufitul obituary and tribute to a loved one than this! I feel very unfortunate not to have ever had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Nancy. As a friend of Pat, I now understand where he gets his wit and compassion for life and friends. It is with great sorrow that your mother passed with such an illness but she is at peace now. May each of you be at peace and treasure your memories of her. Enjoy the party and celebrate Nancy’s life to the fullest – she wanted it that way.

  7. I’ll miss our visits at Pat and Suzanne’s home and the dinners we shared there. I know that Nancy and Jim are in a better place but it is still hard to let them go. I loved Nancy’s since of humor and her love of life. Love, Jolene

  8. I’m so sorry,but sometimes rest is better then pain. Pat’s mother was always a beautiful fun lady, just like Suzanne’s mother and mine and had a great sense of humor. She will always be watching over us and will enjoy every fun thing we do. Take care and I love you all and will always think about her and all friends and family.

  9. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the family. I meet Nancy when she came to my salon, back in 2000. At the time she was still able to drive. Nancy would get manicures and enjoyed the massaging of her hands the most. It gave her relief and comfort from the RA. As time progressed, she was unable to come to the salon. I suggested that coming to her home to take care of her hands and nails would be a pleasure for me to do. As her health permitted she had me come to the house on several occasions. It has been an honor and great pleasure in having shared but moments in the life of a wonderful God loving woman. Reading about her life and family gives my heart a warm feeling, she will be missed but not forgotten. Thank you.

  10. Pat,
    I know simply by the treasure that you are, that your mom was a playful, caring and down to earth lady. I’ll bet you guys shared some fun! The goodness of her heart shines in you and you, in turn, gift us with that goodness and beauty. Thank you for sharing your momma with me. God bless you and your family.

  11. We met Nancy more than 20 years ago and she was truly a wonderful loving person!
    Know that God and the prayers of all your friends will help you through this great loss.
    You are all in our prayers.

  12. Our sympathies are with the family on the passing of your mother. Howard use to live behind us on West 27th St and we lived on West 26th St. I went to many a high school sporting event with Howard. May God’s Speed Be With This Family.

  13. My life was blessed by meeting your mom. I will always remember your kindness. You all will be in my prayers. May The Lord bless you and keep you near to him.

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