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 www.arthritis.org or to a charity of your choice.