Nancy Kathleen Favero died on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at her home in Kaysville, Utah. She battled Alzheimer’s in her final years with the same dignity and grace that characterized her entire life. Nancy was born on May 11, 1937, in Ogden, Utah to Howard and Phyllis Fowles. She loved to hike in the mountains near her home as a girl. She was adored by her two older brothers, Dick and Mutt, but also was teased constantly by them.
Nancy showed musical talent early in her life. She had beautiful, long fingers and used them skillfully to play many difficult pieces on the piano. Her favorite was “Clair de Lune” by Debussey. She was told many times she had a special touch and feeling for this song. Whenever it was played, she recognized and responded to it even in her final days. She also loved to sing and participated in several women’s choirs over many years both in the community and in her church. Nancy also had a gift for expressing herself in writing essays, letters, talks and poetry. She wrote about her love for her family, her faith in her Savior, her experiences and observations in life and her feelings, thoughts, and hopes. Many of these were published into a book that is cherished by her family members.
Nancy attended Ogden High School where she was president of the Pep Club and involved in theater. Nancy’s grace and beauty was evident to all. She became a model and won the title of Miss Ogden, Miss Weber County, and was a top-ten finalist in the Miss Utah pageant in 1956. Nancy’s beauty also radiated from her soul. She cared deeply for others and served and acted with kindness and love always towards her family, friends, neighbors, and strangers throughout her life. During this time, her beauty also caught the eye and captured the heart of a Weber High School baseball player, Edward Favero. They dated and fell in love and Ted waited patiently until she finished her pageant career. They wed on October 12, 1956, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Nancy and Ted were unable to have children. Five years after they were married, they adopted Michelle Kathleen (Shelley). Then, in 1963, Christian Edward (Chris) joined the family. And in 1968, they completed their family by adopting Pamela (Pam). Family mattered most to Nancy. She adored and cherished her parents and brothers and their families, her husband and his large extended family, her children and their spouses, and her grandchildren and their families throughout her life. Her grandchildren loved to spend time with “Nanny.” They each knew they were loved and were her favorite. She loved to camp and boat with them. And when they stayed at her house, she loved to read stories to them and make them cinnamon toast. To her grandchildren and her family, she was very much like Mary Poppins, because of the way she looked and how she carried herself. She had a magical and enchanting demeanor. She embraced life with joy and humor and was “practically perfect in every way.”
Nancy served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout her life, but her favorite callings were serving as Ward and Stake Young Women’s President where she loved and was loved by the young women she served and the leaders she served with. She also enjoyed serving as a tour guide at temple square and she and Ted served faithfully as missionaries for four years at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Kaysville. She was dedicated to family history and spent countless hours researching and learning about her extended family and their histories and in preparing and completing temple work for her families’ ancestors. She was also an active participant in the Daughters or the Utah Pioneers.
After spending years away from the workforce, she honed her secretarial skills and went to work in the translation department of the church. In time, she was hired to work for President Yancey when the church was preparing to open the Bountiful, Utah temple. Nancy found great joy in this assignment.
Nancy loved all animals and birds. She had a gentle way of relating to, caring for, and interacting with each of the many animals that came into their home and her life. She even talked kindly to the bats that nested high in the rafters above their front porch. In her later years, her neighbors often saw her out walking her faithful dog, Jade, who was a constant companion.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edward (Ted) Favero, her children Shelley Bennett (Marc), Chris Favero, and Pam Lunnen (Jason). She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. And she is survived by Jade. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, George Richard Fowles and Howard Marlon Fowles, and other members of her extended family.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Monday April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary prior to the service.
Interment will be held at the Hooper City Cemetery.
We express appreciation to the staff at Symbii Hospice for the kind and gentle way they cared for Nancy and our family during the past year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy’s name to the Best Friends Animal Society.
Services will be live-streamed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Nancy's obituary page.