Agnes “Nancy” Brasel
Nancy Brasel, 90, died Oct. 3 at her home in Beardstown. She was formerly a resident of Springfield for many years.
Nancy was born Jan. 30, 1926, in Glasgow, Scotland, to Edward and Catherine Reilly Bell. She married William Royal Brasel July 4, 1942, in Scotland. He preceded her in death in 1998. Nancy immigrated to the United States in 1944, living in New York before settling in Beardstown.
She is survived by a son, Terence R. (wife, Tae Im “Jeannie”) of Huntsville, Ala.; and two daughters, Katherine L. of Beardstown and Deborah Loraine Brasel (Rafael Trujillo) of Beardstown. Also surviving are grandchildren, Thomas (Meg) Brasel of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Tara Blose of Huntsville, Ala.; Alex (Cheyenne) Nation of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Robyn Nation (John Aten) of Springfield; and Loraina and Karina Trujillo and Ana and Cris Flores of Beardstown; as well as four great-grandchildren, Ansel and Tae Brasel, Jena Blose, and Zephyr Nation.
She is also survived by three brothers, George Bell (Mary Ann, deceased) of Beardstown, and Ronnie and Archie Bell of Glasgow, Scotland. She was preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Peck of Springfield, and brothers, James, Charlie and Eric Bell (and Edward in infancy), all of Scotland. Her nephew, Ed Bell of Springfield, also preceded her in death.
Nancy worked in the admitting offices of Schmidt Memorial Hospital in Beardstown and Memorial Hospital in Springfield before becoming a realtor in Springfield. In Beardstown, she was active in the First United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts and Parent Teachers Association. She was a member of the G.I. Brides Club of central Illinois. While living in Springfield, she was a member of Friends of Springfield Refugees and sponsored two refugees from Vietnam.
Nancy traveled extensively. She returned home to the United Kingdom several times and also visited Germany, Japan, China, Macao, and Thailand twice. She walked on the Great Wall of China and rode an elephant through the jungle. One thing that she looked forward to but was unable to accomplish was voting for the first female president of the United States.
Nancy suffered from Lewy Body Dementia before her death. Memorials are suggested to the LBD Association to fund research on this disease, or to her favorite charity, Save the Children. Nancy’s last gift was whole body donation made through Medcure. A private family memorial was held.