Nancy Lee Miller Riesebieter was called home to Heaven on December 5, 2021, from her home in Land o’ Lakes, Florida. She was born on October 2, 1948, in Washington, DC, to Janice (Meeks) and James H. Miller. She grew up in Glen Echo, Maryland, alongside her older sister, Linda Jo Miller Locke and younger brother, Jim, in a home her parents shared with William and Willie Meeks, her maternal grandparents. After graduating from Walt Whitman High School, in neighboring Bethesda, she worked for the Defense Mapping Agency, in Washington, DC. There, she met Master Sergeant William R. Riesebieter. Following a three month courtship, Nancy and Bill married in 1971 and traveled the world with the Army, living in eight different nations, ranging from Brussels, Belgium to Istanbul, Turkey. Bill retired in 1987 and they settled in his home state of Wisconsin to raise Christmas trees and dachshunds. Following her husband’s death eight years later, Nancy relocated to Branson, Missouri, and eventually to Florida.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, grandparents, niece Deidra (Dee Dee) Blaine Perkins and her husband Bill, who succumbed to cancer in 1995, a result of exposure to Agent Orange while serving his country in Viet Nam. She is survived by cousins, nieces and nephews and her loving partner of 17 years, Bruce Allen, and their much-loved pup Coco.
Nancy Lee Riesebieter will always be remembered as the person who was the most fun person to be around. Whether it be her high school years or in her working years, or her final years, Nancy would always be the one that was the most fun to be around. Her sense of humor was unmatched. Some would say it was “downright silliness.” She could make anyone around her laugh in no time flat, whether she knew them or not, without ever telling a joke. And you could always tell what aisle she was in at the grocery store because that is where you would hear the sound of laughter.
Nancy was saddled with the hard-to-pronounce, impossible-to-spell last name of Riesebieter when she married her beloved Bill. When someone would ask how to spell her last name she would smile and slowly spell out the letters which almost all sound the same. It may take the clerk a few times to get it right and then they would ask her how to pronounce it. “Just think of egg-beater” she’d say. “Oh my” some would reply, then they would ask what her maiden name was. “Miller!” she would deadpan and say with a wink. And then her laugh was followed by others, and that’s who she was. Un-forgettable.
One of her classmates recently told about the time when they were teens and went out trick or treating. Of course Nancy was the one dressed as Santa Claus…on Halloween night! Taking her joy door to door that night.
Nancy didn’t have the easiest life, and yes she had her share of sorrow along the way. But you would never know it by looking at her face. With those rosy red cheeks and her big smile she managed to always come across as the happiest person in the world. And maybe she was.
To those who knew her and loved her, they will meet her again in Heaven above. And they will know where to find her…where the sounds of laughter and joy are heard nearby.