Nancy Nelson Fischer died peacefully Jan. 24, 2018, at her home on Vashon Island.

Nancy was born July 5, 1940, in Okanogan. She was the first of four daughters born to Chris Nelson and Marguerite Hanks Nelson. Marguerite herself was a child of pioneers W.C. and Blossom Brinkerhoff Hanks, who had come to the Methow Valley in the early 1900s and homesteaded near what is now the airport.

During World War II, the family lived in Everett and Winslow, where Nancy first attended school. In the spring of 1948, the family moved to Winthrop. Nancy had vivid memories of the actual move, which took place while the roads were still partially closed as a result of the devastating flood of that year.

Nancy was valedictorian of her Winthrop High School Class of 1958. After graduation, she moved to Seattle, where she attended Northwest Bible College for a year. She then began working full time at National Bank of Commerce. There she met Dean Fischer, and the two of them were married in Winthrop in 1961.

Early in their married life, Nancy and Dean bought property and built a home on Mercer Island. In 1970, Dean’s brother and his wife were killed in a plane crash, leaving three children behind. Following this tragedy, Nancy and Dean raised the three children, Lynn, Lisa, and Steven, as their own. In 1977, Nancy gave birth to daughter Lorelei, and the family was complete.

Nancy and Dean wanted more land, so in 1979 they bought several acres on Vashon Island. Over the next several years, they built a new home on this property and moved there in 1987.

Nancy loved the rural atmosphere on Vashon, and especially enjoyed her yard, her plants, and gardening. She had continued to work at various branches of National Bank of Commerce or its successors for most of her life. After her retirement, she spent much of her time with her flowers and doing gardening. Her rhododendrons gave her special pleasure, and she greatly enjoyed the birds and other wildlife that visited the property.

She is survived and mourned by her husband, Dean; her four children, Lynn Fischer (Shaw), Lisa Maresca, Steven Fischer, and Lorelei Fischer; by seven grandchildren; and by her three sisters, Marian Nelson, Christina Nelson and Rosanna Nelson.