As of Monday, February 24, 2014
Nancy Carole Schaneman, 65, formerly of Sunnyside passed on to heaven on Monday, July 8, 2013, surrounded by her family and friends. Nancy was born March 16, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Minn. to Pearl Lila Weston and Leonard Upton Belt, Jr. Nancy spent her early years in Grandview, and then made her home in Sunnyside along with her husband, Jim Schaneman, and her daughters. In her later years, Nancy had the pleasure of living in many different states including Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida and Oregon, but she eventually made her way back home to Washington. Nancy had a very full life, including being a beautician in her younger days, and then finding her true calling in caring and advocating for the developmentally disabled. Her career with this special clientele began at Sunny Haven and later she became the administrator of a group home for the Sunnyside Housing Authority, where she worked for 20 years. Nancy's love for helping others did not stop at her job; she and her husband Jim also had a group home for developmentally disabled clients in their home, where they provided excellent care and a loving environment. Nancy had many hobbies including arts and crafts, raising cattle, horses, cats and dogs. She was fun loving and enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, watching her favorite football teams and listening to rock and roll. Nancy had a very "green" thumb and was able to make any flower or vegetable garden fourish. Anyone who knew Nancy is well aware that family was her first and foremost priority. She is survived by her two loving daughters, Stacey D. Belt of Monroe and Jaime S. (Schaneman) Burns; granddaughter, Amanda M. Burns and son-in-law, Jeff A. Burns, all of Tampa, Fla.; four sisters, Sherry Udell of Yakima, Sue (Jim) Beitlich and Diana Houck, all of the Tri-Cities and Lisa Scott-Christensen of Clatskanie, Ore.; many nieces and nephews; her adopted God-daughter and granddaughter, Ellen and Dakota Barnes; and a host of wonderful friends from near and far. Nancy is now reunited with loved ones that preceded her in death, her husband of 23 years, Jim Schaneman; her mother, Pearl Belt and her father, Leonard Upton Belt, Jr. We will love her and miss her dearly, until we are together again. Nancy left this world with one wish that we would like to share; "Let go of the past, love one another, cherish your family and friends, and have no regrets."