Nancy F. Hallums
February 10, 1931 - November 19, 2017
Our Mom, Nancy F. Hallums, passed away November 19, 2017 at Aldercrest Health and Rehabilitation Center in Edmonds, Washington after a lengthy illness. Mom handled her diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension with so much grace and gave all of us time to have fabulous conversations about life, lots of laughter, and lively political discussions!
Mom was born in Yakima, Washington on February 10, 1931, the youngest of eight, to Joseph Philip Fulcher and Edna F. McCallen. The family had many homes around Washington State but eventually they settled in Seattle where she grew up. She is survived by one brother, Dick M. Fulcher and his wife Dee, and her best friend from high school and sister-in-law Jo Fulcher.
Mom married Thomas M. Hallums, Sr. but they divorced after raising five children. They both gave their children the great gift of becoming friends again and Dad visited Mom regularly, reminiscing about their early days and the “kids”.
Who can know the pain Mom endured when two of her daughters died from cancer in their 40’s and left behind six children and their husbands? Kathy Jo Mather and Emily Gene Lycke preceded her in death and even though the loss of our two sisters devastated us all, Mom, with her faith as her guide, carried on and came out the other side with her sunny disposition still going strong. Mom is survived by Nancy Becker (Don) and their children Thad Becker (Michelle) and Parker and Ella Becker, Kyle Becker, and Lindsey Forrest (Glenn) and Kai Forrest; Thomas M. Hallums, Jr. and David Skiffington; Lisa Hunsinger (Paul) and their children Mark Hunsinger (Shelby) and Ryder and Reese Hunsinger, Molly Hitt (Stephen) and Annalise Hitt, and Spencer Hunsinger; Robert Lycke (Cheryl) and children Hayden Lycke (Cassie) and Piper Lycke and fiancé Ben Hillman and their mother Emily Lycke (deceased); Rene Mather (Kim) and children Paige Phillips (Joe) and Phoebe Jo and Bridget Phillips, Kaitlyn Hutchison (Chris) and Wakely Hutchison, Liane Long (Jimmy) and Penny and Thomas Long, and Owen Mather and their mother Kathy Jo (deceased).
As it is with most moms’ being a grandmother and great-grandmother was one of her greatest joys. For Mom it was the more the merrier! She had six grandsons and six granddaughters and eleven great-grandchildren!
Many nieces and nephews considered Aunt Nan a favorite aunt. In some cases, she was like a “second Mom”. She enjoyed talking family history, listened, gave good advice, and has served as the family matriarch for quite some time. Mom also had many friends, neighbors, and church friends who were an important part of her life. She had a true hostess spirit and she opened her home many times for food and fun.
No story about Mom would be complete without mentioning Lake Cavanaugh and the impact it has had on all of our lives. The memories we have created at the lake and will continue to create with our families are treasured moments. Mom would love that!
We Love You Mom!
Nu, Rust, Kat, Em, and Lis (Mom’s nicknames for us)
Memorial service is Tuesday, December 12th, at 11:00 a.m. at Edmonds Presbyterian Church, 22600-96th Ave. W, Edmonds, WA.
Please no flowers. Donations may be sent to Edmonds Presbyterian Church in Mom’s memory.