Monroe – Nancy Christie Carney, age 87 formerly of Brodhead, passed away unexpectedly at her home on December 16, 2019.
Nancy was born on August 5, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois the daughter of Carlisle and Frances (Stevens) Christie. She married Lawrence Joseph Carney in 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winnetka, Illinois.
Nancy grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and graduated from New Trier High School. She then attended Colby College in Maine. She had a lifelong love of horses, starting in her childhood at her aunt’s farm; and she became a successful competitor in Dressage and Hunter-Jumper. Following the untimely death of her husband, Nancy relocated from Winnetka to their Hobby Farm in Brodhead WI, which they had owned since 1968. She rekindled her love for horses and started Sugar River Sport Horses on their Halfway Tree Farm, where she raised and trained Dutch Warmbloods, as well as caring for retired thoroughbreds from the racetracks. Nancy had a love for all animals, and in particular, her Dobermans. She had many other activities and hobbies, including gardening, quilting and knitting (she loved the friendships and camaraderie with quilting and knitting buddies), and teaching her grandchildren about life on a farm.
Nancy was a member of St. Clare Parish in Monroe, formerly a member St. Rose Catholic Church in Brodhead; and she was very active at both churches.
Nancy is survived by her 6 children, Barbara Carney (Paul Engleman), Mimi (Tom) Hendel, Nancy (Nick) Hilger, Larry Carney Jr., Penny (Dan) McNulty and Kevin Carney; 11 grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Audrey Christie and a daughter-in-law, Laura D. Carney.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence in 1988, one son, Brian Carney in 2016 and one brother, Vandy Christie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. Clare Catholic Parish in Monroe in her memory.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Clare Catholic Church, 1760 14th Street in Monroe WI on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Msgr. Larry Bakke will celebrate. A visitation will also be held at the church on Saturday from 12:00 PM until the time of Mass. The DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead is assisting the family.
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