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Nancy Jo Irvin

November 2, 1935 — July 26, 2023

Nancy Jo Irvin passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 26, 2023, in Great Falls, Montana.

Viewing will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, at Asper Funeral Homes in Shelby.  A Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm on Friday, August 4, at Shelby First Baptist Church, followed by a committal service at Mountain View Cemetery, where Nancy will be laid to rest.  Arrangements entrusted to Asper Funeral Homes.  Please leave a message of condolence for the family at

She was born November 2, 1935, to Joseph and Marjorie (Grieve) Irvin of Shelby, Montana. She was delivered at home by great aunts Myrtie and Marion, who traveled from Minnesota, to attend her birth.  Nancy graduated from Shelby High School in 1954 and went on to college at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota for 2 years, her mother’s alma mater.  She then transferred to the University of Minnesota to complete her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree in 1959. Her first job as a Registered Nurse was in the Toole County Hospital.  She then worked for the National Institutes of Health, at the Heart Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland.  After a short period of time, she then moved to her beloved Seattle, to live and work with several nursing school classmates.  She spent the rest of her career at the University of Washington, where she held many positions from staff nurse, to charge nurse, to Administrative Liaison to the Medical Director where she ultimately retired in 1999, after 36 and half years of service.

She was an active member of the University Christian Church for 50 years, serving for several terms on their board.  Nancy was also a 50-year member of Eastern Star.  She was the ultimate University of Washington Huskies football fan and would share her season tickets with friends and family.  Nancy loved all Seattle sports teams and would share news articles of their achievements.   Her deep faith and her family were the light of her life, her passion for both will be greatly missed.

Nancy is remembered fondly by her family as the keeper of the family lore and history, she was instrumental in planning the Irvin family reunion for many years.  Nancy never forgot a birthday or anniversary, sending cards without fail.

She is survived by her brother, Dwayne (Jan) Irvin, sister Janice Edmister, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is proceeded in death by her brother Dick Irvin and her parents Joe and Marjorie Irvin.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 3, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

Whitted Funeral Chapel, Shelby

225 6th Avenue South, Shelby, MT 59474

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 4, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

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