Nancy Ann Gilster, 59, of Nimrod, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at home under the care of Hospice.
She was born Feb. 7, 1950 in Wadena to Dorn and Elaine McCormick. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Sebeka.
She grew up on her parent's farm and attended Sebeka Public School with the class of 1968. She married Larry Dean Gilster on Sept. 30, 1967. The couple moved to Nimrod where they raised their family.
She worked for the DNR for 27½ years as a fire watcher. She served on the Nimrod Pageant Committee for 31 years and the Nimrod Booster Club for 25 years, 12 of those years as president. She was also a Nimrod 4-H Club leader, was secretary of the High School Rodeo Circuit from 1994-96 and was a volunteer with the Nimrod Easter Egg Hunt. She was a member of the Nimrod Hall Association, was a member of the United Methodist Church, the OES Grand Family from 2001-02 and the Itasca Chapter 70 for the last 27 years.
She is survived by her husband; three children: Terry, of Wadena, Dean (Cindy), of Detroit Lakes, and Hollie Jo (Ryan) Eastlund, of Nimrod; five grandchildren; her parents, Dorn (Pat) and Elaine, of Sebeka; five siblings: Patrick (Diane), of Sebeka, Diane (Paul) Akridge, of Augusta, Ga., Janice Broll, of Hutchinson, Herb (Theresa), of Menahga, and Ben (Wendy), of Sebeka; two sisters-in-law: Doreen (Chum) Sycks and Glenda; numerous nieces and nephews; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a special daughter, Teri (Evan) McAllister.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Evelyn; daughter-in-law, Christine; and brother-in-law, Harold.
Honorary casket bearers: Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the Eastern Star, Nimrod royalty and life long friends.
Memorial service: Friday, March 6 at United Methodist Church in Sebeka with Pastor Loren Ferch officiating.
Inurnment: In the spring in Nimrod cemetery.