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Nancy “Nan” A. Stark

Nancy “Nan” A. Stark, age 87, of Washington, Iowa, died Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the Halcyon House.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Anthony DeVaughn officiating.
The family received visitors Friday, January 5, 2024, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Elm Grove Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials have been established for the United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent for Nan’s family at
Nancy was born July 9, 1936, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of George and Berniece Mary (Ostino) Langdon. She moved to Tipton, Iowa, where her parents owned and operated the local newspaper.
She graduated from Tipton High School, then attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She later went on to receive her Degree in Education from the University of Iowa.
Nan was united in marriage to Frederick Karl Stark on December 22, 1962, in Tipton, Iowa.
Nan and Fred lived in Mount Ayr, Iowa from 1964 – 1973. Nan was active in the Methodist Church, Ringgold County Singers, and Eastern Star, and Fred was a band director in the school district.
They moved to Washington, Iowa with their two children in 1973. Nan worked as the Catalog Supervisor for JC Penny and later held an office position at the McCleery Cumming Company.
During her retirement years, Nan was a proof-reader for the Washington Evening Journal. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, including over fifty years at the Washington United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir.
Nan was active in a number of community activities.
She was a member of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra for 25 years. She was a member of the Washington Lions Club, and Fortnightly Club (Readers and Writers Group).
Nan especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed animals, especially the cats and dogs she had as pets. She liked music and books, taking walks and going on outings.
She is survived by her husband, Fred Stark of Washington, Iowa; son, David Stark of Chicago, Illinois; daughter, Julie (Stark) Haney and husband Glenn of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Barbara (Langdon) Anderson and husband Gene of Richmond, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
Nan was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter in infancy, Susan Ann Stark; and one sister, Mary Jo (Langdon) Hoke.

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