April 07, 2021
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April 07, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Nancy Catherine (Hamill) Mosser passed peacefully into eternity on March 31, 2021, with family at her side. She was born in Denver, Colorado on May 21, 1935, to William and Helyn (Mumford) Hamill. She went to church and school at St Dominic’s, where she formed many fond lifelong memories. When she was in third grade, her family moved to Redwood City, California for two years and then back to Denver. And then in 1951 they made one more move, to Anchorage, Alaska, where Nancy finished her last two years of high school. She received her education degree from Marylhurst college in Portland, Oregon, and then returned to Anchorage to teach 5th grade.
By the grace of God she joined the choir at Holy Family Catholic Church, where a young airman from North Dakota named James Mosser was also singing. They fell in love and were married there on July 1, 1958. They moved to Great Falls, MT where James completed his service in the Air Force and then back to the Mosser farm in 1960 near Fortuna, ND, where they lived out the rest of their earthly life together.
Nancy enthusiastically transitioned from “city girl” to “farm wife”, and was always staunchly proud of Jim and farm life and North Dakota. Together they raised seven children and taught them to love God, neighbor, and music. Nancy was happiest when baking bread for her family, bringing a hot meal out to the field, and especially when she spent time with her beloved husband. Their family led music at their local church. Nancy used her theatrical background to teach their young children actions to many popular and patriotic songs while Jim accompanied them on his accordion. Once the kids were grown, she enjoyed long travels with Jim, either hauling grain from their organic farm to distant terminals, or visiting family across many states.
After Jim died in 2000, Nancy remained on the farm as long as she could, but finally moved into assisted living in Fargo, ND, in 2013, to be closer to family. Her memory faded in her final years, but she always loved having her children and grandchildren around her or on the other end of the phone line. Nancy made a final move into memory care in Moorhead, MN, late in 2020, and was able to visit, pray with family and do crosswords – a favorite hobby – up to her last day.
She is survived by her sister Linda Cooper, Klamath Falls, OR, six children: Jim (Kim) Mosser of Rochester, MN; Tim (Veronica) Mosser of Horace, ND; Greg (Nancy) Mosser of Lakeville, MN; Colleen (Kurt) Brugman of West St. Paul, MN; Maria Mosser of Sauk Rapids, MN; Tom (Deidre) Mosser of Herman, MN, and her son-in-law Darrin Johnson of West Fargo, ND. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, amongst them, Mark Hamill “Luke Skywalker” from Star Wars.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim in 2000, her daughter Elizabeth Johnson in 2017, her three brothers and her baby sister.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Lilac Homes in Moorhead, MN and Hospice of the Red River Valley for surrounding her with loving care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) or the charity of your choice.