Nancy J. (Clouse) Trumm, age 65, of Cascade, took her final footsteps to heaven Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.
Everything is wrong about what happened to Nancy. She was too young, vital, and happy – she had a zest for life that others dreamt about or admired. Nancy had a lifetime of memories that she was still meant to create with her family and grandchildren. For the last year, without drawing attention to herself, she fought cancer. Toward the end of her illness, it was needlessly cruel and robbed her of her ability to eat, drive, strength to walk, and then breathe.
But there was everything right about what was happening around Nancy and her family. Friends, co-workers, family, and neighbors threw themselves into taking care of her family by offering to make meals, giving her rides to and from work – all without ever being asked. There was an overwhelming number of people sending their prayers, including those we had never even met. A tremendous amount of around the clock support came from the medical folks and Above and Beyond hospice during the final weeks of her life. She touched more people than she ever imagined. She didn’t realize she was an inspiration to people, but she was.
The way Nancy handled her illness almost made it too easy on the rest of us. She never gave into anger or self-pity and wouldn’t have accepted it from anyone else either. She told her mother, husband, children, grandchildren, and close friends not to waste precious time feeling mournful, but to focus on enjoying the time we had together. She continued with her life to the very end, often saying…… “It’s business as usual”, wanting each of us to share in laughter and happy times together.
During her final days on earth, many sent their fondest memories and well wishes to her family so they could share them with her. Many had stated their appreciation for her ability to always make them feel welcomed, their admiration for her never-ending strength, her courage, the one-on-one chats she would have with each of them – genuinely wanting to know how they were doing, her beaming smile, positive attitude, and her warm greetings often sounding like, “Hey Buddy” or “Love ya”. She served as the rock to her family and many, many more – bringing joy to everyone she met. She was an amazing inspiration and made a permanent impact on everyone.
Nancy was born Feb. 24, 1954 in Guthrie Center to Vernon and Betty Clouse. She married her soulmate, Steve, on Nov. 29, 1975 in Des Moines. She worked a long career in various Office Administration roles for several companies, among them included a large Insurance company in Des Moines and The Ertl Toy Company in Dyersville. Nancy worked the last 16 years of her career at Benchmark Inc. in Cedar Rapids, proudly serving as the “Face and Voice of Benchmark” (receptionist at the front desk). She conducted her job with passion and heart; loving what she did.
Nancy is preceded in death by her father, Vernon Clouse, and eldest brother, Greg Clouse, her mother-in-law, Mary Trumm, father-in-law, Leroy Trumm, step mother-in-law, Rosene Trumm, and brother-in-law, Nick Trumm. Nancy is survived by her husband, Steve, her daughter, Jenny Bimson (Ryan) of Cedar Rapids along with their children Cameron and Levi, her son, Justin Trumm of Petersburg along with his daughter Harlowe, her mother, Betty Clouse of Guthrie Center, her brother, Mike Clouse (Brenda) along with their children Ross and Curtis also of Guthrie Center, sister-in-law to her oldest brother, Mick, of Oklahoma with their children, Heather, Heidi, Gregory and nieces and nephews. From Nancy’s husband’s family she is survived by sisters-in-law Beth Brown (Gary) of Dubuque, Cyndi Trumm (Nick) of Cascade, Jan McCarthy (Bill) of Cascade, Gayle Gosch (Randy) of Grimes, Lynn Grandgenett (John) of Wahoo, Neb., and brothers-in-law Mark Trumm (Mary Ann) of Cascade, Bernie Trumm (Kelly) of Cascade and numerous nieces and nephews.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 at The Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City beginning at 2 p.m. in the Red Timber Frame Barn involving prayer, music, videos, her family’s personal sentiments, and time for shared memories from friends, neighbors, coworkers, and extended family. The celebration will conclude with a procession to the Double Round Barn for a 4 p.m. meal, socializing, and a “Walk Through Nancy’s Life” display.
A memorial fund has been established in her memory. If you wish to contribute to her memorial, the link is https://www.gofundme.com/f/love-big-in-honor-of-nancy-trumm?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.