Nancy Marie Fowler

Nancy Marie Fowler died on September 24th, 2020 at The University of New Mexico Hospital from complications of ALS with family by her side. Services will be 9:30 am,  held on June 8th, 2021 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She was born May 28, 1949 in Manhattan, KS to George and Clara (Kiefer) Branson. She graduated from McPherson High School in 1967 then attended The University of Kansas and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1972. She worked for the Kansas State Penitentiary for several years and then on the surgical floor at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for 28 years. In 1992, she married David A Fowler in Lawrence, KS. Soon after his death in 2007, Nancy moved to Albuquerque, NM where she retired from Presbyterian Hospital. In 2020, she married Willa “Debbie” Carman. She survives of the home.

Her interests included a fierce love of reading and she enjoyed traveling very much. She also treasured animals, having numerous cats over the years but recently fell in love with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Taffy).

Other survivors include: two daughters, Melissa and Mary Fowler, both of Lawrence; her siblings, Barbara Allison of Springfield, MO; David Branson of Lake Forest, CA; and Katherine Watkins of Parsons, KS; and close friend, Willa “mom” Hughes of Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to ALS Association at, or American Cancer Society at

Messages & Condolences

From Vic Raney Booth...

Nancy and I worked together on 3rd surgical at LMH many years ago. She was ‘spot on’ with her assessments of Ortho clients and taught me a great deal. Although I didn’t see Nancy outside of work I have fond memories of her. RIP Nancy.

From ken wertzberger M.D....

Nancy was a great one. Condolences to family. RIP. Ken Wertzberger M.D.


Nancy was one of those nurses who exemplified community care/ community pride at LMH. She was such a caring individual.
Peace to all her family and close friends.

From Patti Doyle...

My thoughts are with all of Nancy’s family and friends. I worked with Nancy at Lawrence Memorial for several years in the 90’s and she gave excellent care to her patients. She also gave great head massages to us nurses when we had a headache or general stressful day! Such good memories! Fly high my friend.

From Dee Bauer...

I have such fond memories of you Nancy and I pray that you rest in peace. My sincere condolences to all Nancy’s family for your loss.

From Peg Wessel RN...

As a young float nurse who often worked on 3rd surgical at LMH, I worked with Nancy. Nancy was ever helpful and willing to teach/train. She was a great nurse and a kind human. Extending my deep sympathy to her family

From Susan Hoefer...

Blessings of love and light Nancy! I’m sure you and David are enjoying each other’s company now!
Happy to have known you for a long time on 3rd Surgical!
Condolences to Mary, Curtis and young David.
Condolences to Melissa and the rest of the family.

From Ardith L Curtis...

remembering Nancy with fondness during the time we worked on LMH – 3rd floor post-op. She impressed me with her knowledge of the ‘right thing’ to do for any patient admitted to the floor. To her family, my condolences for your loss.

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