Nancy Moshier, 71, passed away at her home on Friday, June 28, with her husband by her side, after a decade long battle with pulmonary hypertension.
Nancy was born on October 6, 1947, to Lee Howard Bell Sr. and Phyllis LaRue Jones Bell in Huron, South Dakota. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she graduated from Richfield High School in 1966. She had one baby brother, ten years her junior, Lee, who Nancy adored.
Nancy had a natural tendency to care for others and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing. She worked at the VA hospital for over fifteen years and then spent many years working within the home health industry, caring for the critically ill.
Nancy was also driven to succeed and was born with more stamina than most. While she was working as a nurse and raising two sons, she owned a flower shop, was a cake decorator, and talented singer. It was her singing career that would lead her to the love of her life. In 1987, Nancy won the singing pageant at the annual St. Paul Winter Carnival. A mutual friend thought Ron and Nancy should combine their musical talents and introduced the pair. They fell in love and were married in 1989. Ron and Nancy were a perfect team; they began touring the country as a musical duo and were sought after to open for many celebrities and played at several Indian casinos. They moved to Weslaco in 1990 and kept their home in Minnesota as they continued to travel.
As much as Nancy enjoyed singing, she was most passionate about cooking and food. She had the most sensitive sense of taste and smell, which was a real attribute to her success. Nancy became a respected food editor for the Low Carb Energy Magazine and wrote a few cookbooks. Her most successful book was Eat Yourself Thin Like I Did!. She became somewhat of a celebrity with her tried and authentic cooking recipes, which were healthy and tasty. Together, she and Ron were featured on many television shows, including The Shopping Network, QVC, and the Tony Danza Show, was an absolute couples dream. She wrote a couple more famous cookbooks, Eat Yourself Thin, Desserts, and an Updated version to her original Eat Yourself Thin Like I Did, new addition, all still available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
In 2005, Ron and Nancy's Little Italy became a reality for the couple in their new hometown of Weslaco. The restaurant was a local gem. Nancy created every recipe, and when the kitchen was running smooth, the couple would entertain their guests, Ron on the keyboard and Nancy's beautiful voice.
Nancy will be remembered for her love of pleasing people, whether it was hosting a dinner party, singing, or baking an unforgettable wedding cake, that was Nancy. She was driven to succeed and loved life. Nancy also loved to play golf, listening to music, and dancing. Nancy was also an animal lover and had nine cats who she also loved dearly. She was a Christian woman and had a strong faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Phyllis Bell, son, Charles William Blankenship, and nephew, Steve Bell.
She is survived by her loving husband, best friend, caregiver, partner and soulmate of thirty years, Ron Moshier, brother, Lee Bell Jr. (Lori) of Farmington, MN, son Christopher Lee Blankenship of Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren, Charissa Behringer (Elliott), Shaun Blankenship, Charlie Blankenship, Christopher Blankenship, great-grandchildren, Fiona Behringer and Naomi Blankenship, her late nephew's wife, Laurie Bell, nieces, Ann Hendrickson (Scott), Amy Williams (Pat), nephews, Aric Stien (Melinda), Randi Kachelmier (Ryan), and Tony Solomon.
Funeral Service to be held at 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Saron Lutheran Church, 311 Lake St South, Big Lake. Visitation will begin at 4:00pm at church.
Contributions can be made in Nancy's honor to the Palm Valley Animal Shelter https://pvactx.org/lpaPAWS/ or The RGV Low-Cost Spade and Neuter Center http://myrgvspayneuter.com/.