Nancy P. Grace – Shellsburg

Shellsburg –  Nancy P. Grace, 80 years old, of rural Shellsburg, Iowa, died on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.  She was born on July 14, 1940, in Shenandoah, Iowa, to Charles E. Belgarde and Virginia Stong Belgarde.

Nancy attended grades 1 – 12 in the Independence, Iowa, school system, graduating in 1958.  She graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1962.

Nancy married Don E. Grace at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Urbana, Iowa, in 1972.

She worked as a technical illustrator for 40 years at various companies in Cedar Rapids, retiring in 2003.  Nancy was preceded in death by her grandparents, all her aunts and uncles, her parents, and 1 daughter, Joan Elizabeth Grace on February 7, 1998.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Don, of Shellsburg, her daughter, Katie Grace of Denver, Colorado, her brother, Chuck (Jeanie) Belgarde of Fairfield, Iowa, her sister, Liz (Randy Svobada) Belgarde of Cedar Rapids, her 2 sisters-in-law, Ginny Meade and Judy Cochoran, both of Oxford, Iowa, her brother-in-law, Ted (Rose) Grace of Tiffin, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging memorial donations to the Cedar Rapids Salvation Army, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club in Waterloo, Iowa, or any no kill animal shelter.  There will be no public services.  White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  On line condolences may be left at


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