Nancy Lee Wagner, 73

Nancy Lee Wagner, 73Nancy Lee Wagner (Phipps), 73, of Granton, passed away peacefully, with family members by her side, at Stoney River Memory Care in Marshfield.

Nancy was born in Neillsville on Aug. 14, 1943, the daughter of Judson and Lucille (Schmidt) Phipps. She was a graduate of Granton High School.

In 1961, she married Raymond John Wagner and began their lives together in West Bend. In the coming years, she became the mother of two sons, Francis and Arthur, and a daughter, Charlotte. In the early ’70s, they moved to Colorado, and a few years later to Texas. Settling in Odessa, Nancy helped her husband establish Wagner Manufacturing and Fabricating Co. an oilfield welding and repair service. Ray ran the field work, while Nancy ran the office and shop.

In their spare time, they enjoyed watching rig-ups, watching the Odessa Jackalopes play hockey, and taking short day trips around west Texas.

They also devoted time and effort to helping the Permian High School Booster Club, donating equipment, and helping with the annual Football Booster Book. After 46 years of marriage, and 33 years in business together, Ray passed away in 2008. Nancy then found her way to Arizona to live near her son, Arthur. After a short time, she decided to return to her hometown of Granton to be with her family. Throughout her life, she was known to be independent, strong-willed and outspoken, dubbing herself "ornery." She enjoyed music, playing in bands and teaching others the piano and accordion. She enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, crocheting, and other hand crafts. She loved cats, and watching the birds at her bird feeders, especially hummingbirds.

She is survived by her children: Francis (Lorraine) Wagner of Abbotsford and her daughter Charlotte "Charlee" Wagner of Montrose, Colorado; her grandchildren, Rachel, Kristin and Elizabeth; her brother, Tom Phipps (Robin Schmitt); her brother-in-law, Frankie Filitz of Neillsville; her niece, Candy Filitz; her nephews, Jason Phipps and Tony Phipps (Enya Patterson); and many friends and relatives.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; her son, Arthur; and her sister, Margie Family and friends are invited to gather for a celebration of life for Nancy from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 26, at The Vintage House located at 10150 Highway 10, Marshfield, WI.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted to Alzheimer and dementia research at or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,

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