The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 19, 2014

Nancy J. Harrel

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Nancy Jane Harrel, age 68, of Webb City, Mo., passed away at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, following a sudden illness.

Nancy was born April 22, 1945, in Joplin. She grew up in Richards, Iowa and Neosho, Mo. She graduated from Neosho High School and went to Nursing School in St. Louis, Mo. She had lived in Southwest Missouri most of her life.    

Nancy was a registered nurse and worked at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage for over 20 years, retiring in 2010, as a nursing supervisor. She had previously worked at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, and Freeman Hospital, St. John's Hospital and Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin. Nancy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin.

Nancy married Arthur C. Harrel Jr. July 27, 1981, in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1999.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Mary Gleason.

Survivors include a son, Brian Winters, Joplin, and a daughter, Mary Tappana, Webb City; one brother, John C. Gleason and wife, Phillis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren, Ashley Winters and Aaron and Allison Tappana; and one great-granddaughter, Gabriella Jara.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel with Pastor James Schnackenberg officiating. Inurnment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Lupus Foundation of America in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory, of Joplin.

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