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Nancy Ruth Tilson

June 19, 1952 ~ January 9, 2020 (age 67)


Nancy Ruth Tilson, age 67, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully on the 9th day of January, 2020, in Tyler, Texas.  She was born on the 19th day of June, 1952, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to parents Johnny Tilson, Jr. and Catherine May Slaybaugh Tilson.

Even though she did not have any children of her own, Nancy, was a mother to everyone.  In her eyes, everyone was family.  She always made people around her feel special, remembering their birthdays and crafting for them a special gift.  Nancy was a Christian and taught Sunday school for over four decades at Eureka Church of Christ in Eureka, Kansas. She loved to bake and at a young age won the baking competition at the local county fair.  Nancy had a sweet, selfless soul that will be sorely missed. 

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry Edwin Tilson.

She is survived by her sister, Cathie Sue Biggers of Tempe, Arizona; brothers, Harlan Stevens and Terry Stevens, both of Derby, Kansas; sister-in-law, Darlene Tilson of Elkhart, Texas; nieces Miria Ann Dean and husband Richard Christopher of Elkhart, Texas, Jean Hartman and husband Todd of Rolla, Missouri, Sara Maas and husband Michael of Manassas, Virginia.  She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and other family.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 14th day of January, 2020, at Rhone Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Nancy Tilson will be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 15th day of January, 2020, at Elkhart Church of Christ with Todd Hartman officiating.  Interment will follow in Myrtle Springs Cemetery.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Matthew Toner, Caleb Dean, Ransom Hartman, Premier Hartman, Blake Dean, Cheyenne Gross, Miria Dean, Sara Maas and Jean Hartman.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Nancy’s memory can be directed towards Central Texas Children’s Home, 13200 Crane Road, Buda, Texas 78610 or American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

Funeral services for Nancy Ruth Tilson are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.  

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January 14, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rhone Funeral Home
3900 S. State Highway 19
Palestine, TX 75801

Funeral Service
January 15, 2020

10:00 AM
Elkhart Church of Christ
206 N Us Highway 287
Elkhart, TX 75839

Interment following funeral service
January 15, 2020

Myrtle Springs Cemetery
An County Rd. 118
Elkhart, TX 75839


Central Texas Children's Home
13200 Crane Road, Buda TX 78610

American Diabetes Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202

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