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Nancy Elwell

August 30, 1950 — October 19, 2023

St. Clud

Nancy Elwell passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on October 19, 2023. Nancy was born on August 30th, 1950, in St. Cloud, MN to the late Andrew and Geraldine (Keehr) Carter. She grew up in the Hillman area where she attended school and graduated from Onamia High School with the nickname “Smiley”. She was united in marriage to Dennis Elwell on Sept. 22, 1987. The couple farmed in Oak Park for many years.

Nancy was a homemaker who was very proud of her family, a farmer who laughed at goats, a massage therapist who helped countless people and preferred a good challenge, she was a master gardener who would answer any vegetable or fruit related question but not so much when asked about ornamentals.  Nancy was an active member and officer of Foley Women of Today, and she coordinated an annual craft day through local 4-H for many years.

She enjoyed good food! “Always eat dessert first, you can always bring leftovers home!” She traveled extensively, always meeting new friends while embracing the unique cultures and environments that make us different. Nancy lived by the Diana Perez quote: “Life is too Short to Live the Same Day Twice.”

She is survived by: Husband Dennis Elwell, Daughter Tammy Elwell, Son Jeffrey Elwell (Diana Lindsley), Brothers: Keith Carter (Linda Carter), Randy Carter, Nieces: Teri Carter-Sauer (Justin Sauer) & Crystal Croft (Devin Croft), Grandchildren: Michael Siegler (Andrea Siegler), Spencer Elwell (Chloe Elwell), Madison Elwell (Carter deNeui), and Great Grandchildren: Malachi, Magnus, Alma, & Adeline Siegler.

Nancy saw the spark in people and often adopted people into her life as siblings. She would debate anyone vigorously if someone disproved. Additional Family Include: Sisters Marybeth Juetten, Marie Madgwick, Karen Kampa & Karolyn Brenny; Brother John Brenny; Niece BethyJo Murphy & Nephews Jakob & Edison Madgwick.

Proceeded in death by her parents Andrew and Geraldine (Keehr) Carter, Brothers Andy Carter, Billy Carter, Sister Patsy Peterson, and Nephew Andrew Carter.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 28, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

306 Norway Dr, Foley, MN 56329

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