Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


February 6, 2014

Nancy Stittsworth

Nancy Kay Stittsworth was born Sept. 30, 1945, in Knoxville, the daughter of Robert and Beatrice (Orr) Dennison.

She graduated from Knoxville High School with the Class of 1963. Following high school, Nancy worked at Aetna Life in Des Moines. On Dec. 13, 1964, she was united in marriage to Jim Stittsworth at the First Christian Church in Knoxville. To this union four children were born: Melissa, Tim, Mike and Robert. Nancy worked at Baker Drug for several years and for 18 years she and Jim worked side by side in their business. She also sold Avon for several years. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed auctions, cross stitching, making ceramics and of course – a bargain from Goodwill. She also kept a beautiful flower garden at her home. Family was the most important part of Nancy’s life; and she especially cherished her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings.

Nancy passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 68 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Melissa; sister, Phyllis Bloome and her brother, Eldon Dennison.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Jim; three sons: Tim (Teresa) Stittsworth of Knoxville, Mike Stittsworth of Belmond, Iowa and Robert (Angela) Stittsworth of Knoxville; six grandchildren: Chrystal (Jeremy) Bumgardner, David, James, Megan, Nicholas and Timothy Stittsworth; four great-grandchildren: Calyn, Elijah, Gavin and Tucker Bumgardner; siblings: Melvin (Louise) Dennison of Knoxville, Bert (Roberta) Dennison of Knoxville; Brenda (Dwight) Mater of Knoxville and Paul (Joyce) Dennison of Mt. Pleasant; brother-in-law, Dean (Carol) Bloome of Hubbard; sister-in-law, Sharon Dennison of Knoxville; 12 nephews; eight nieces and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services for Nancy were held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Brent Hanna and Pastor Kirk Dudley officiating. Music was provided by Kevin Stittsworth, pianist. The selections were “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”. Burial followed in the Gosport Cemetery. Those serving as casket bearers were: Geno Dennison, David Bloome, Ronnie Bloome, Dwight Mater III, Mark Mater, Lane Dennison, Jeff Schulze, Eric Dennison, Greg Betterton, Joel Betterton, Kevin Stittsworth and Alex Stittsworth. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left at

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