Former Seward resident Nancy Christine Steeves, 69, passed away Monday, November 22, 2021. She was born to Bruce W. Hastings and Pat (Nollie Fitzpatrick) on October 3, 1952, growing up in a small farm community in Plano, Illinois and being one of six children.
In 1976 Nancy went on a two-week vacation to Alaska to visit her sister in Seward. She loved it so much, she ended up living there for 31 years. In 1979 Nancy agreed to take care of her sister Mary’s two young boys due to Mary’s cancer diagnosis. Jay and Joe have been the light of Nancy’s life ever since.
Nancy married twice before meeting her forever partner. She and Frederick M. Steeves were married on March 14, 1986. Although his children were grown, Nancy became a stepmom to Fred’s five children. Nancy worked in retail, office administration, and the Seward Chamber of Commerce. She also was a dental assistant and dental office manager in Augusta, Georgia. Nancy was involved for several years in community theater and little league baseball, a member of the RB Lions Club and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. They moved to Maine in 2007 to be near his family.
Widowed in 2017, Nancy was predeceased also by her parents, her two brothers, Dan and Bruce, her sister Mary, her son Alan Steeves, as well as several in-laws, nieces and nephews. She is survived by her children Jerome Sturm, Joseph Sturm, Trilby Post, Mark Steeves, Noreen Skillman, Bobby Raynes; sisters Susan Broughton and husband Butch, Linda Patrick and husband Michael; her sisters-in-law Carole Hastings, Debbie Hastings, Carla Steeves, Judy Steeves, Pricilla and Ruth Kite.
She had been surrounded by so much love and support after her cancer diagnosis that it was difficult to put into words her appreciation for all those who stood with her. As a result of having cancer, she began an extensive collection of giraffes, which brought much joy to her life and those around her.
A celebration service of Nancy’s life will be held January 15, 2022, at 10 a.m., at Centerpoint Community Church, 155 West River Road, in Waterville, Maine.