Nancy Karen Hildebrand

Nancy Karen Hildebrand

April 21, 1951 – July 16, 2020

Nancy Karen Hildebrand earned her angel wings and made her journey to meet Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on July 16, 2020 after battling cancer.  Nancy was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1951. She graduated from Lead High School in 1969 and went on to attend Black Hills State University where she met the love of her life, Fred.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Fred Hildebrand. They were married in Lead, SD on June 13, 1971. Nancy is lovingly remembered by her daughters: Elisa Johnston (Eric), Glennis Stevens (Tobias), Kara Hicks (Joshua), specially chosen daughter, Cheryl Metevier (Michael); her daughters in God’s eyes: Elizabeth Kennon, Rose Mary Pham (Billy), and Julie Lilly (Jason); grandchildren: Scott, Beth, William, Azaria, Ceibhionn, Niamh, Trygg, Kallista, Katracy, Kalina, Jestine Bugner (Kyle), Karissa, Kennedy, Kamryn, Karsen, Tyler, Carys, Easton, and Evelyn; great-grandchildren: Kooper, Kole, Koen, blessed addition to come, and Nina; sister, Carol Richards Bishop (Steve); brothers, Craig Speirs (Alice) and Richard Speirs (Candee); Laura Speirs; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews (“The Best In The West”).

Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Marie Speirs (Hemmingson); her father, Glen Dale Speirs; her nephew, Jason Alan Richards; dear friends: Ruby and Bob Helmberger, Lola Humbracht, Terry Humbracht, and Jan McClelland; and many other loved family and friends.

Nancy’s ultimate passion in life was her belief and faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The door was always open to everyone, and there was always an open place at the table. If you have ever had a hug from her, it was one you will never forget. Her smile was contagious, and she lit up any room she walked into. She loved sharing Jesus with others, and devoted time leading youth groups, confirmation, the church plays, the Passion Play, teaching Sunday School, and making a loud and proud joyful “noise” unto the Lord.

Nancy enjoyed spending time with her family, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She loved playing cards and always won (probably because cheating was her best strategy). Her daycare kids were her family and her life – most of them considered her “grandma.” She was the biggest sports fan for everyone and you always knew she was there because she was the loudest cheerleader, and she always cheered for both sides.

She loved creating and sharing her talent for creating cards, flowers, wreaths, etc. With every new craft trend that came out—whether it was ruffled scarves, die cutting, quilling, wreaths, or diamond painting—she jumped in headfirst and everyone got one. Her passion for flowers was one that touched hundreds. Whether she was making flower arrangements for homecoming, prom, weddings, or a wreath for every holiday there is, there are more people than we could ever name that have “flowers by Nancy.” So much so, that when we were talking about her arrangements, we couldn’t figure out for the life of us who was “qualified” to do hers.

So keep your eyes open at the ball games and craft stores, she will be there. In church and in the pre-school library, reading your “Fancy Nancy” books. Look for her gentle guidance, and angel hugs from afar, as the butterflies flutter you’ll know she’s there.

In her short 69 years, she has impacted so many. Her love of Christ was evident in her kindness and compassion for others. Her faithful heart was destined for the ultimate reward, and we are sure that as she entered the gates of heaven she heard “well done my good and faithful servant.”

Please join us for a CELEBRATION OF LIFE at 5:00pm (MST) on Saturday, July 25th at Indian Springs Park, 209 Elgin Street in Spearfish, SD. Due to the expected heat, we ask that you dress casually and appropriately for the weather.  Please bring your own drinks, chairs, or blankets. Masks will be made available or you can bring your own. We will be practicing social distancing according to guidelines. No food will be served.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.



  • LORYECE L HANDWERK Posted July 19, 2020 9:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this. I still remember her laugh & the love she showed to people. God be with you all. Loryece Nelson Handwerk

  • Gary and pam Jacobs Posted July 19, 2020 10:47 pm

    I remember Nancy as a fun loving person to be around. Our times together with our card making friends will be remembered always. Our prayers are with her family through this time of sorrow.

  • Natalie Chase Posted July 20, 2020 10:18 am

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. Know that she will be with each and every person she touched in life. I believe loss is something we never quite get over we adjust to it. My heart goes out to all of you. I am so very sorry. May her soul Rest In Peace and I pray that god is with you all in this sad time of mourning.

  • Bret Snyder Posted July 20, 2020 4:16 pm

    My condolences to all of you. I remember Nancy from church and how devoted to Sunday School she was. She worked so hard in her leadership role. Even though someone else took over when Nancy left, no one could ever truly replace her. I remember how she conducted children’s sermons, which I took over when Nancy left. I could never be who she was. Only Nancy fulfilled that role. Peace to her memory. Angels hovered over her and escorted her home during her last conscious moments. Her membership has been transferred to The Great Church Triumphant. Peace to her memory.

  • Briana Renee Vincent Posted July 21, 2020 10:18 pm

    i love you grandma nancy. you will never be forgot! you meant the whole world to me my heart i love you

  • Liz kennon & girls Posted July 22, 2020 12:42 pm

    I love you mom and girls will miss their grandma nancy.. keep an eye on TK for us. Your both our Angels now. Love you RIP😘🌹

  • Donna Sachau Posted July 23, 2020 7:58 am

    You showed me what true friendship is all about. You loved everyone unconditionally and saw only the best in people. You were the aroma of Christ and that fragrance filled the room when you were present – it encouraged us all to be our best. You had the biggest heart full of love and compassion and it would flow from you like a mighty river. I gained such valuable insights from you such as the purpose for a garage sale was not to get rid of your junk or make a little extra money, but it was to bless others with belongings that God had blessed you with. You touched so many people with your love especially the little ones. I pray that you will truly know what a huge impact you have had on my life, my family’s life, and the lives of so many other people that loved you. You are a conduit of God’s love and you will be truly missed but I know you are resting in God’s arms with a big smile on your face as He says, “Well done my faithful servant.”

  • Elaine Chadwick Posted July 23, 2020 4:59 pm

    Our prayers surround Nancy’s family. Nancy will be missed by many. She was a great leader, teacher and friend of the Faith Methodist Church community. She invested so much spirit and passion in all she contributed. Nancy was a creative force in her numerous projects and with others. She was truly gifted in her interactions with children and in her day care, preschool and Sunday School settings. I know because I worked with Nancy for several years and shared church life. May Nancy continue to share her love in her heavenly home.

  • Maureen and Eric Beals Posted July 25, 2020 11:53 am

    Thinking of you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Nancy was a school friend and then we got reacquainted through our church in Belle Fourche. Fred and Nancy returned for the 120th year celebration for our church. It was great to see them again. We know she will be greatly missed by all.

  • Yvonne Wohlhueter Posted July 26, 2020 10:45 pm

    I remember attending a wonderful bible study class at Fred and Nancy’s home. She was such a welcoming hostess and so very kind. Steve and I send our most sincere prayers and condolences.

  • Stefany Paredes Molina (Fity) Posted July 30, 2020 6:08 pm


    You will always be in my heart. Thank you for all your love and for making me feel part of your beautiful family. You changed my life forever and I owe you my success in many ways. I’m happy that you are with the Lord now happy and at peace. I love you Grandma!

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