Nancy Carroll Gildersleeve

Gildersleeve1Longtime North Bend resident, Nancy Carroll (Eaden) Gildersleeve peacefully passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, William (Bill) E. Gildersleeve and son, Richard (Rick) E. Gildersleeve by her side. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Sallal Grange & Community Hall in North Bend, Washington.

Nancy was born at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle on October 14, 1941, to Albert C. Eaden and Clarice D. (Carroll) Eaden of Seattle. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1959 and afterwards, went on to attend business school. She is survived by her loving husband, William (Bill) E. Gildersleeve, her children: David B. Gildersleeve of Portland, Oregon, Richard (Rick) E. Gildersleeve and Shelley Gildersleeve of North Bend, and Delia A. (Gildersleeve) White and Tim White of Bellingham, as well as five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Nancy is also survived by her siblings: David and Carolynne Eaden of Yakima, Robert and Sheila Nelson of Edmonds, and Susan and Larry Carlson of Tacoma, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Besides being a homemaker and mother, Nancy worked with special needs children for the Snoqualmie Valley School District. She also worked at the North Bend Information & Visitor’s Booth and went on to work for the Seattle-King County Information Center in downtown Seattle. In 1989, she came to North Bend to work with Ken Rustad of State Farm Insurance. While working for State Farm, Nancy was also employed by Tibbetts Creek Manor in Issaquah. She loved being a host at the many weddings, receptions and parties held there.Gildersleeve2

Nancy served on the North Bend Planning Commission for many years and was active in the Snoqualmie Valley Methodist Church. She also belonged to Business & Professional Women. She enjoyed puttering around in her flower garden and spoiling her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to to benefit the American Cancer Society in support of Rick and Shelley Gildersleeve’s Relay for Life Team.  Dress attire is “Sunday Best.”

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17 Responses to “Nancy Carroll Gildersleeve”

  • Sue Starbird Wilson says:

    To Nancy’s family:
    I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy when my sister, Tracy, and Christopher Carlson started dating. She was so kind and interested in everyone. Over the years, when we pulled into the driveway at Grandma Greats, she was the first one to welcome us. If she came up to Tracy’s, she was once again, the first to greet us. I recall how she always brought a tray of food (just because).
    I will remember her with a smile on my face.
    Sue Starbird Wilson (and Cliff)

  • Shelley Gildersleeve says:

    Love and miss you. Fridays will never be the same with out you.

  • Don & Kathy Osborne says:

    So sorry for your loss, always enjoyed spending time with Nancy, be it at the State Farm office or the Beauty shop. She will be missed

  • Bonnie Jo Johnson says:

    Nancy, I will miss you. We always liked getting our nails done and I remember you always noticed mine. Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. I enjoyed seeing you at Kutters and was glad I had the chance to get to know you a bit. I pray you are at rest now.
    Bonnie Jo

  • Delia Gildersleeve White says:

    Mom, I will miss you beyond words. I will cherish all of our time together from clothes shopping to folding laundry. You have taught me much and I have so enjoyed watching you with Kristin and seeing how much the two of you are alike. You were an inspiration to me. You were a strong woman.

  • Donna Greathouse says:

    Nancy Gildersleeve will be remembered by many with affection. All of my family received help and kindness from her while she worked at State Farm Insurance. She knew every answer! She was a great mom because Rick has so much integrity and kindness. Nancy was one of a kind. Our deepest condolences go out to all the family and friends who will miss her smiles.

  • Blankenburg says:

    Goodbye, but never forgotten to a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. xoxo

  • Lee Korsmo says:

    Nancy was a beautiful lady. She will be missed by many.

  • Marilynn Newburn Pray says:

    Nancy, I was your childhood friend and playmate..we shared dolls, back yard play, brownies, girl scouts, Ravenna Park mysteries, weekends at the cabin, dress up,
    Job’s Daughters, junior and senior highschool and working at Swedish Hospital Dietary after school.
    I loved you as my friend and have wonderful memories off our early days together. I loved your parents because they made me feel special like a daughter. I learned so much about housekeeping from your Clarice.
    I always felt welcome at the old fashioned Sunday suppers. Your Grandmother and DeDe were so nice to me.
    Your Grandmother Bock took us to Victoria to the Empress Hotel for tea…she wanted us to be “ladies”.
    I still drive by your old wonderful craftsman house on 16th and remember all the fun times in the back yard..
    I was with your family when your cousin Rob lost his mom. The Eaden’s raised him like their own. Little David and Suzie were sweet little siblings. I loved them too. I have found out that many people in our lives are connected. Little David worked for my best friend Jeri Smarts dad Mr. Lovejoy with Puget Sound Freight. Friends from my church Sand Point Methodist went to school with Rob and Sheila.
    I will miss you Nancy and the gift of a wonderful childhood friend…
    Sleep Well…Love, Marilynn Newburn Pray

  • Marilynn Newburn Pray says:

    Nancy, you were a wonderful childhood friend to grow up with….I loved your family and all the qualities of goodness they gave me.

    Deeply sorry we did not connect in later life…

    Love and sleep well….Marilynn Newburn Pray

  • SUSAN Kelly says:

    A lovely lady who cared for her family and her community through many acts of kindness and compassion…with a smile. She will be missed.

  • Marilynn Newburn Pray says:

    one more plea if I cannot get to the memorial…I would love to talk to Susan Eaden..little sister…or David..Suzie may remember me from the old neighborhood..please email..would love to go back in memory lane…
    I was the one who was into horses then I find out the Gildersleeves were into horses big time…how great..
    wish we had stayed connected..

    blessings, Marilynn

  • Delia Gildersleeve White says:

    Marilynn, I will make sure to pass your email on to my Aunt Susie and Uncle Dave.

  • Janice Louise Gildersleeve Erickson says:

    We have been thinking of all of you at this time and pray for you during this time of mourning for your beautiful mother and wife. Nancy was a very caring, loving person. Our family is very grateful for her watchful care over our mother when she was ill and helping our dad during his long-term cancer fight. We love her and will miss her very much. I have so enjoyed the pictures that have been put on FaceBook lately that show what a beautiful smile she had. Love you Nancy, May you rest in peace!
    Love, Jannie

  • Mary Cilley Barrett says:

    Prayers of love and strength. I will always remember your mom as someone very active in the Snoqualmie Valley community- making a difference to those she touched.

  • Marilynn Newburn Pray says:


    Thank you for getting back…I will be thinking about all your family today.
    Another interesting tid bit…the Snoqualmie Methodist
    Church pastor Cathy Law came to my church. She knew
    Clarice well..Also a Byrle Ingham was a pastor their and is serving our church for a year.
    Look forward to hearing from your aunt and uncle and maybe you! Have lots of fun stories.
    I have been married for 49 years to Roland, have two sons Mark 46 and Matt 43..three grandchildren 3,5,11.
    We have a second home on Whidbey Island.
    home-206-525-4288 Cell-206-714-4334

  • Roger and Rachelle Cleven says:

    Your mom will live on in your hearts and minds. She will always be with you. May God give you comfort and peace.

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