Nancy Raye Peterson Isaacson passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn.

Born March 23, 1947, in Minneapolis, Nancy attended Washburn High School and the University of Minnesota, earning her dental assisting degree. She became an expert in Prosthodontics and Endodontics, working with some of the leaders in the field. Nancy’s skill, attention to detail and personality helped make her a legend in the dental industry.

Nancy lived most of her life in the home her parents built in 1957 on Diamond Lake. In 1981, she bought it from her mother, so that she and her husband Gregg could raise their daughter Melissa there. Nancy famously kept it in pristine condition; it was her sanctuary.

Known to many as Fancy Nancy, she had a love of beauty and a keen eye for style. From a newly washed Camaro, to finely manicured nails, to a perfectly coiffed hairdo, to a stunning outfit and handbag, they all reflected her beautiful, fancy heart!

She had a passion for plants: indoor, outdoor, potted, planted in the ground, hanging in a basket, leafy green, or flowering. Some of her favorites were dieffenbachias, philodendrons, pothos, impatiens, geraniums, and fuchsias, but especially white orchids.

Nancy’s pride and joy was her 7-year-old granddaughter, Savannah. Nancy retired when Savannah was born, so that she and Gregg could help look after her. They were the most wonderful care takers for Savannah from the time Melissa returned to work up until Savannah began school.

Nancy was a caring, devoted, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She has now joined her husband Gregg, her parents Lola and Ray, and her brother Gary.

Nancy is deeply missed by her daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Michael, granddaughter Savannah, sister-in-law Mary, many cousins and friends.

A service will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419. A cocktail hour will follow at Nancy’s beautiful house. 

Published on May 9, 2021