Nancy L. (Merrifield) Baze – O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home 


Nancy L. (Merrifield) Baze, 81, of Quincy, passed away at 5:20 am Sunday, June 2, 2024, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Nancy was born September 17, 1942, in Pana, IL to Lawrence “Shorty” Merrifield and Opal (Parkison) Kutz. She was married to Richard Baze and they remained good friends throughout life. He survives.

Other survivors include her three children, Kelli Plunk, Staci Stockton, and Mike Stockton, all of Quincy, IL; six grandchildren, Kari Nicholson (Danny), Ashley Porter, Scottie Sass, Jim Porter (Taylor), Aris Tedrow, and Drew Stockton; numerous great-grandchildren; three step-children; one brother, David Merrifield; and one sister, Dixie McGoldrick.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Jimmy Porter.

After graduating from Springfield High School in 1960, Nancy embarked on a diverse career path. She first worked as a bartender at Sixth and J before her entrepreneurial spirit later led her to become the proud owner of The Reservation bar. In her later years, she shared her culinary talents as a cook at the Adam’s County Youth Home. Nancy’s work ethic and dedication to her community were evident in all her endeavors.

Nancy’s zest for life was reflected in her many interests. She was an avid fisherwoman and camper, with Cedar Lakes, Ursa Bottoms, and Turtle Lake among her favorite retreats. Softball was a lifelong passion; she played from childhood into her 50s and coached her daughter’s team. Her artistic side shone through in her hand-painted ceramic statues and stock cars. Nancy’s love for Native American art was showcased in her bar, where she proudly displayed her collection.

Cooking was another of Nancy’s talents, and she was known for her delicious lasagna and potato salad. At home, she could often be found watching HGTV or listening to Old Country music on the radio. Nancy’s adventurous spirit led her to exciting destinations like Las Vegas and Graceland, but it was the time spent with friends and family that she cherished most.

Friends and Family are invited to Nancy’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Thursday, June 6, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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