Nancy I. Johnson
Date of Birth
June 12, 1946
Omaha, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
July 22, 2020
Ashland, Nebraska
Celebration of Life Directions

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m.
American Lutheran Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Private interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Monday, July 27, 2020 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


American Lutheran Church, Kid’s Cupboard or donor’s choice.



*The service will be live-streamed on the Marcy Mortuary Facebook page. Face mask are required while attending the service.

Nancy Irene Johnson, 74 of Ashland, NE passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at her home.  She was born June 12, 1946 to Lamar and Irene (Matzen) Converse in Omaha, NE.  She attended District #3 elementary school, graduated from Ashland High School in 1964, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She was united in marriage to Mickey D. Johnson on April 20, 1968 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  


Nancy taught for Lincoln Public Schools for 36 years at Lefler Middle School and Southeast High School, and it wasn’t unusual for many of her former students to recognize her while she was out and about in Lincoln.  

She was a member of the American Lutheran Church (and past council member at the church), National Education Assoc., Nebraska State Education Assoc., Lincoln Education Assoc., Alpha Omicron Pi, Order of Eastern Star, and Rainbow Girls.


Nancy enjoyed quilting; her horses named Trixie, Trigger, and Jack; her cats; Nebraska Volleyball; and volunteering at Kids’ Cupboard, The Closet, and Vacation Bible Schools.


She is survived by her husband, Mickey Johnson of Ashland; sons, Michael L. Johnson of Gretna and Brent D. (Tausha) Johnson of Lincoln; grandchildren, Tatum and Blake Johnson; sister, Jean (Bob) Whiteaker and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Lamar and Irene Converse.  

Condolences for Nancy I. Johnson
  1. • July 23, 2020 - 4 years ago

    My heart is heavy hearing this news. My sympathies to all the family. Her presence will definitely be missed. God’s peace…

  2. James parke
    • July 23, 2020 - 4 years ago

    To reg Converse and Gene Whitaker, and the Converse family, the husband and Nancy’s family my deepest sympathies thoughts and prayers are with you hugs and blessings to all in this difficult time

  3. Bonnie Sibert
    • July 26, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Nancy was such a good teacher and coach! I first met her when my daughter, Nicole Sibert, was on her Jr. High Volleyball team at Lefler. She always put the students first and our family has fond memories of her.

  4. Sheila Kellenbarger
    • July 26, 2020 - 4 years ago

    The first words out of my mouth when I read the paper this morning were “Oh, no. Oh, no.” I was so sad to read about Nancy. I had seen her not too long ago and will miss her smile so much. Love and prayers to Mick, Mike, Brent, Tausha and the rest of the family. Take care and God bless.

  5. Kathy Stasch
    • July 26, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Sorry to see Nancy’s passing…you guys always seemed so young when you and Ken taught at Goodrich…Ken and Kathy Stasch

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  7. Sally Guenzel
    • July 26, 2020 - 4 years ago

    I will always be grateful to Nancy an Mickeys encouragement as our daughter transitioned into high school athletics. Nancy altered a too big uniform for our daughters freshman track season. Hugs to all

  8. Beverly Morgn
    • July 26, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Nancy had my daughter Elizabeth in a class at Southeast. She called me, concerned Elizabeth might be depressed. I was a Mental Health RN for 30+ years, and missed this when it was right “under my nose.” Nancy’s kind and compassionate eyes were aware she was struggling. I’ll always be grateful to her….

  9. Janet Millnitz
    • July 27, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Although we have not stayed in touch since your move to Ashland, it doesn’t mean we have forgotten you. To you, Mick, “the boys,” and their families, we send our deepest sympathy and love. I have many great memories of our time together at LSE and the boys and Tausha, as students. Nancy was such a committed teacher and her enthusiasm was contagious. Her kids, her teams, and the staff knew she was there for them. I have memories of Maggie—at school—and Max (I love that Nancy had horses), Mike serving in the Gulf War, Brent on his sub (and you visiting!), and one time when you let our daughter “swim” in your hot tub! Jessica thought Nancy was so fun!
    Mick, you, Mike, and Brent are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that I am sending all of you a big hug and my love.
    There are many lovely tributes and memories of Nancy in the LSE retirees’ email. If I can send them you, I will try.

  10. Ruthann Rivers
    • July 27, 2020 - 4 years ago

    So very sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing. Mick, Mike and Brent you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Pat (Brown) Shepard
    • July 27, 2020 - 4 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear if Nancy’s passing. She was always a ray of sunshine. My sincere condolences to your family.

  12. Karen Christiancy
    • July 27, 2020 - 4 years ago

    I just read of Nancy’s death. I attended Ashland schools for 8 years and graduated with her sister Jean. Haven’t seen hardly any of kids from the 60s. Wish I had kept in touch.
    If Jean sees this she may have my e-mail address. Karen (Sibert) Christiancy-1240 Idaho
    Street Superior,NE.68978. My sympathy.

  13. Lincoln Southeast Track & Field
    • July 28, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Coach Johnson, for all you did for the Knights at Lincoln Southeast!

  14. Anonymous
    • July 28, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Mick, Michael, Brent and family: I was so very sorry to read of Nancy’s death. I thoroughly enjoyed the many years of working with her, both in her junior high school days and then when she moved to LSE. She was a joy to be around. My sympathy to you all. I’m sure you have many happy memories.

  15. Stu Friesen
    • July 29, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Mick and the family,
    So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing away.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Bridget McGinn
    • July 29, 2020 - 4 years ago

    Rest In Peace, Nancy. I consider myself fortunate to have had Nancy as a teacher and coach at both Lefler and Southeast. She always modeled good sportsmanship and grace, and was very supportive of women athletes. I also appreciated her efforts to make sure that all students were included and encouraged, no matter where they were from or their ability level. I’m grateful for the inclusive and positive example she set for all of us. She leaves behind many students who benefited from her presence.

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