Nancy (Maciel) Worstell


Nancy (Maciel) Worstell


Nancy (Maciel) Worstell, 48, of Billings passed away on April 14, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family. Nancy loved and admired butterflies, and now her own life has been transformed into something more beautiful and free from illness.

Nancy was born on May 20, 1970, in Billings, to Sal and Sally Maciel, one of three girls. She had an abiding love for Billings and its surroundings, being fond of the Rims.

She graduated from Billings Senior High in 1988.

Nancy’s drive and ability to connect with business owners and managers enabled her to enjoy a very successful career in advertising sales with The Billings Gazette, KTVQ and Bresnan. Her most recent job was assisting Pat Schindele’s real estate business until health challenges forced her to leave work that she thoroughly enjoyed.

Nancy loved her family fiercely and believed in finding the positive in any situation, challenge or person. Her kids were told at least a thousand times “encourage, don’t discourage,” and this is the way she lived, even through years of painful and frustrating health issues. Making a sweet treat for a significant accomplishment or writing encouraging words during challenging times were part of her everyday habits.

She was small in stature, standing barely five feet, one inch tall, but she refused to be pushed around by anyone. She stood up for people and her opinions, and demanded that everyone should be treated fairly and with respect. She was competitive and driven while at work, and she loved the feeling of putting in an honest day of hard work.

She loved adventures and she got to travel with family to Hawaii, Mexico, Niagara Falls, Washington D.C., California and New York City. While she was in New York City, she fulfilled a dream of visiting the famous Tiffany jewelry store on Fifth Avenue. She was determined to find a piece to commemorate her visit. She was so excited that immediately upon being greeted by a salesperson, she abandoned her traveling companions. She spent the next hour admiring the store and its treasures. She later found her companions and they found she had not left the store emptyhanded.

Her greatest joy in life was her family, whether that was taking in one of her boys’ sporting events, holiday gatherings or family game and movie nights. Nieces and nephews knew they were loved because they received phone calls, text messages and presents on special occasions. No one was forgotten in Nancy’s life.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sal.

She is survived by her husband Dave; sons, Ryan Ferro of Bozeman, Logan Gallagher of Billings; stepdaughter Shay Worstell of Billings; mother, Sally Maciel of Billings; sisters, Tricia (Bob) Burchell of Campbell, California, and MaDonna Maciel of Billings.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.

Cremation has already taken place.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Logan Gallagher educational fund at Altana Credit Union.

A special thank you is extended to the outstanding team at the Billings Clinic Dialysis Center — your care, expertise and compassion makes a difference. Nancy wanted to also thank all of the teachers and baseball, football and wrestling coaches who have helped develop her children into the fantastic young adults that they have become. Ryan, Logan and Shay: Mom is very proud of each one of you.

The next time that you see a butterfly, think of Nancy and share in our belief that she is comfortable, warm and was able to live a life that was full of adventure and filled with love from her family.

We will all miss you so much.

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  1. crystal and Rudy Valencia

    Nance..(My Wonga) .my heart aches. Last year you were constantly on my mind so after getting in touch with you the texts didn’t stop. we picked up right where we left off and it was as if we were never separated by thousands of miles for so many years. We joked about our childhood the good and the not so good, shared photos of our families and stories . You joked about what was going on in your life and It was to no surprise to me because that was just your nature to be silly and always see the positive side of things just like when we were little you were always laughing! . last year When my mom passed and you walked in the door suddenly my sadness turned to relief to see your beautiful big smile! I was always jealous of those big teeth! I always told you that they were the only reason that you always won our gum popping contests! That day we sat on the sofa shoulder to shoulder talking and laughing (while you were popping your gum of course!) remembering old times getting to know your son and telling you he was silly just like you, you being so surprised that I remembered your birthday and me giving you a hard time because you couldn’t remember mine 🙂 the look you gave me when it was time to go because you weren’t feeling good ill never forget. it was such a hard time for me and it was like you were meant to be with me at that moment even though you were fighting your own battle. That’s just who you are and I love you for that. When I got the call I wanted to come see you so bad or even talk to you and though its so hard for me to deal with I know you’re not suffering anymore and you’re free like a beautiful butterfly so fly high and rest in paradise. I’ll always love and miss you Nancy Jade.
    Forever and Always your running buddy….Crystal

    To Aunty Sally and cousin Trish I love you both and to Madonna I don’t know how you do it but you’re always everyone’s rock especially mine when I needed it, you’re very appreciated and loved for it.

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