Nancy Noble 1946-2024

Nancy Noble 1946-2024

Nancy Helen Noble, 77, of Mayetta, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 28, 2024, at her home with family by her side.

She was born July 30, 1946 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Warren Melvin and Jean Eileen (Gibson) Noble. 

Nancy graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1964. She earned her registered nursing degree at Stormont-Vail School of Nursing in 1967. In 1981, she earned her bachelor of arts in nursing at Kent State University and her master of arts in nursing in 1989 at The University of Kansas. In 1994, she graduated from The University of Kansas with her AARNP (Nurse Practitioner Degree). 

Nancy started her career in 1967 working in medical surgery, pediatrics and labor/delivery in Alaska. She worked for seven years in internal medicine in Topeka and was director of nursing at Community Healthcare Systems at Onaga and Centralia. In 2000, she began working with Dr. David Allen to help grow the Holton Family Healthcare System and the Holton Family Health Center, retiring in 2015.

Nancy loved her family, patients and coworkers. These were the joy of her life. 

She married Allen August Brandes on Dec. 16, 1966, in Topeka. To this union, two children were born, Matthew and Melissa Brandes. 

On June 30, 1998, Nancy married Gary Lee Knudson in Topeka. They celebrated more than 25 years of marriage. 

Survivors include her husband, Gary L. of the home; daughter, Melissa M. Brandes of Mayetta; son, Matthew A. A. Brandes (Sandra) of Wellsville; sister, Linda Buttron (Ed) of Nortonville; brother, Edwin Noble (Patricia) of Oskaloosa; and sister-in-law, Mary Shupe (Gary) of Holton. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. At 12:30 p.m., procession will leave the funeral home for burial at Ozawkie Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to Caring Community Foundation to be used for nursing scholarships, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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