Nancy Yeatter West (Mrs. Sare), 67, Roann, Indiana, passed away October 24, 2021 at her home. Nancy was born on November 15, 1953 in Wabash, Indiana to David B. and Mary (Smith) Yeatter. Nancy was raised in the Manchester Church of the Brethren in North Manchester, where she was a member. This foundation helped shape her world-view, provided life-long friendships and connections that she cherished her entire life.
After graduating from Manchester High School in 1972, Nancy went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from Manchester College in 1976. Later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University, Fort Wayne. For forty years, Nancy spent her life shaping the minds of youth at Laketon Elementary. During that time she taught Kindergarten (3 years), third-grade (22 years) and fifth-grade (15 years). She had an uncanny ability to connect with each one of her students, no matter their background. Mrs. Sare led by example with care, softness, thoughtfulness, and love. She had a special gift for seeing the good in all of her students and helping them find their gifts and talents; she believed in each and every student she taught, many of which she has stayed in contact with over the years. To Nancy, they weren’t just past students, but old friends.
A free spirit, Nancy did everything with the purpose of love and peace. She always found the positives in life and saw every challenge as, “Just another growth opportunity.” Nancy was a firm believer in the Education for Conflict Resolution (ECR) organization where she served on the board, and believed conflict could always be solved by peaceful means. She also believed in being charitable to others as she donated to several youth serving, environmental, and peace related organizations. She led by example in her charitable efforts by donating her time after school as a teacher and on into retirement by volunteering and helping to coordinate the Second Harvest Food Bank that operates at Manchester Intermediate.
Nancy enjoyed listening to music, being in nature, reading, learning new things, and being with friends. She loved attending Book Club with her friends at Main View and was always encouraged others to join. Nancy had the ability to quickly turn any stranger into a friend within moments, which made going anywhere with her an adventure. Once a friend, you could count on Nancy’s loyalty. She would take time to listen and support anyone who was going through a challenging moment in life reminding all to be grateful for the little moments of joy within each challenge.
As a mother, Nancy was patient, kind, forgiving, and caring and encouraged her children to be the best version of themselves that they could be. She was proud of her children, Tasha and Jon Sare, and would share it with anyone who would listen. She encouraged her children to enjoy in life’s small moments, be independent thinkers, and above all else be caring, compassionate, generous, and kind to others. When it came down to it, she would do anything for her two children and her grandchildren, who she adored with all of her heart.
Nancy was a caring and devoted spouse. She and David West reunited through a mutual friend about four years ago and have been enjoying life together since. On July 4, 2020, Nancy and David West, were married in a “hippy style” wedding at their home on Lukens Lake. Nancy and Dave enjoyed spending time with friends, going on long wandering drives through the county, enjoying time with their cats while enjoying their lake view, and attending the various concerts that Dave’s bands play throughout the area.
The loving memory of Nancy Yeatter West will be forever cherished by her husband, David West, Roann, Indiana; her former husband, Randy Sare, and their children, son, Jon (Sacha) Sare, Roann, Indiana and daughter, Tasha (Amy Worman) Sare, Fort Wayne, Indiana; sisters, Ann Hammer, Perth, Australia and Jane Yeatter, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; nieces; and all the lives she has impacted over the years. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mary Yeatter; sister, Susan K. Yeatter Brown; and niece, Adrienne A. Brown.
Family and friends may call Friday, November 12, 2021 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. A celebration of Nancy’s life will take place Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana, with calling beginning at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate. The family of Nancy has asked that people wear tie dye in memory of Nancy to the visitation or service.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Nancy Yeatter Sare, memorial contributions may be made to the Education for Conflict Resolution, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 or Second Harvest Food Bank, 6621 Old State Road 3, Muncie, Indiana 47303. .
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Education for Conflict Resolution
1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester IN 46962
Second Harvest Food Bank
6621 Old State Road 3, Muncie IN 47303