Nancy Carol Yantchook

BURNSVILLE, NC.–Nancy Carol Anderson Yantchook passed away on May 6, 2022, at the Smoky Ridge Health and Rehab Facility, Burnsville, NC.

Nancy was born on Feb. 22, 1940, in Scales Mound, and lived with her parents Carl Anderson and Doris Redfearn Anderson, in Galena, where she attended grade school and high school. After high school, she attended Finley hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque, and graduated with her RN in June of 1961. She later attended California State University of Los Angeles, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and public health. She worked as a nurse in Iowa, Alaska, California, Landstuhl Army Hospital in West Germany, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina in various specialties: as a hospital nurse, school nurse, and occupational health nurse. She has now embarked on her new career as a nurse in heaven.

When she was working as a public health service nurse in Kotzebue, AK, she met her husband, Paul Yantchook, who was working as an electronic technician at the nearby Air Force Long Range Radar Station. Paul later went to Germany to work on a NATO Air Defense System. She later joined him in Germany and they were married in Basel, Switzerland, in 1967. They have one son, Niles Yantchook, born on March 3, 1975.

Surviving is her husband of 55 years, Paul Yantchook; son, Niles Yantchook; and a brother, Gary Anderson, who is living in California with his wife, Charlotte. She has one aunt still living and many, many cousins, most of whom live in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

She and Paul both retired in 1996 and moved to their mountain top hideaway where they enjoyed their mountain views and two German Shepherds. Nancy was involved in many volunteer organizations in Mitchell County. She was the chairperson of Mitchell Community Health Partnership for more than 13 years. She served on Childfest of Mitchell/Yancey Counties; Emergency Preparedness of Mitchell County; with many church organizations including Food Distributions; the Respite Groups of First Baptist; INASMUCH of Spruce Pine Methodist; and Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

She enjoyed gardening; reading; genealogy, completing five family trees for the McCanns, Andersons, Redfearns, Smarts, and Yantchooks; and traveling with her husband in most of the U.S., Europe, Russia, parts of Africa and many cruises.

She will be interned in the Shrine of Remembrance Chapel in Michigan Memorial Park, Flatrock, Mich. Anyone who knew Nancy will miss her so very, very, very much.

If you want to send any donations in Memory of Nancy, please send them to Mitchell County Animal Shelter, PO Box 309, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Red Hill UMC, 5786 N 226 Highway, Bakersville, NC 28705.

Holcombe Brothers is respectfully serving the Yantchook family.

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Posted 5/9/2022