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Nancy Ann Tice Trapp passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 24, 2019, at the age of 95.


Born on January 7, 1924 in Rankin, Illinois, Nancy grew up in Chatham, Illinois, the daughter of Harold I. Tice and Lillian Warner Tice. She had one sister, Helen Marie Tice Fahs, of Farmington, New Mexico, who preceded her in death. Nancy graduated from Chatham High School, attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society.


Nancy married Walter Bernard Trapp on December 22, 1946, and they were married for 67 loving years before he passed away in 2013. Together, they raised three girls, Julie, Carolee, and Marybeth in Midland, Michigan, where Walter was a chemist at the Dow Chemical Company. When the girls were in high school and college, Nancy taught 7th Grade English at Jefferson Intermediate School for eight years.


Nancy was an active member of Midland’s First United Methodist Church, a Brownie Scout leader, and a 50-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She loved to garden, and her beautiful rose gardens were her pride and joy. She could often be found on the golf course or tennis courts, where she was competitive by nature, but always a good sport. She was a devoted fan of college sports, particularly football and basketball, and participated every year in our family NCAA March Madness pool. Her great love of reading continued all her life. Even into her nineties, it was a challenge to keep her Kindle loaded with enough books to satisfy her unending appetite for good literature. Nancy was also an enthusiastic and skillful bridge player, who rarely forgot a single card played.


When Walter retired from Dow in 1986, they moved to Prescott, Arizona, where they lived for 16 years. In 2002, they moved to Givens Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. After Walter’s death, Nancy eventually moved back to Midland, MI to be closer to family, first to Independence Village and later to Riverside Place. 


Nancy is lovingly remembered by her daughters: Julie Gramblin (Pete Sanchirico) of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, Carolee Rolf (Fred) of Midland, Michigan, and Marybeth Eilerson of Richmond, Virginia. She is also survived by four grandsons: Christopher Rolf (Lori), Michael Gramblin (Meg), Nick Eilerson, and Travis Eilerson. She had 4 great grandchildren, Mark, Luke, and Lilly Gramblin, and Thaddeus Rolf.


The family would like to express our deep appreciation to all the staff at Riverside Place Apartments, Heartland Hospice, and all the private duty caregivers for the loving care they provided Nancy. 


Her ashes will rest next to her beloved husband Walter’s, in the Rose Garden of the First United Methodist Church in Midland, Michigan. A Memorial Service to honor Nancy will be held there this summer at a date to be determined.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their sympathy may consider a gift to the West Midland Family Center, 4011 W. Isabella Road, Shepherd, MI 48883, or to the First United Methodist Church, 315 W. Larkin Street, Midland, MI 48640.


Condolence Messages

  1. Louise Eastman

    30 March 2019 2 years ago

    Carolee, Julie and Marybeth – I remember your mother having a “million dollar” smile and always seemed to be laughing and full of joy. She and your dad made an impressive couple – so sorry for your loss.

  2. Barbara A. wood

    28 March 2019 2 years ago

    MB: this is a beautiful obituary and picture of your mother. I love hearing yr stories about her courtship with yr father, and seeing those gorgeous “movie star” pictures of them in the 40’s. I never get tired of seeing and hearing about the Trapp family on Orchard dr. In the “mad men” era. Most of all, I’m so glad I got to have a few cocktails with Mrs. Trapp when she lived in Asheville. She was a great conversationalist, and truly one of the “greatest generation.”

  3. Sue Unger

    26 March 2019 2 years ago

    Marybeth and family, my sincere condolences. Your mother sounds like a woman of great strength and soul. Take solace in a life well lived.
    XxxxSue Unger

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