Nancy Tunnicliff

Posted Online: Aug. 24, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Nancy Eleanor Tunnicliff, 94, of Davenport, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.
Services in celebration of her life will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 12th and Main, Davenport. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport, where Nancy has been an active parishioner since her arrival in Davenport in 1937.
Nancy Eleanor Jackson was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Renville, Minn., a daughter of Josiah Cleveland and Margaret Louisa Appleby Jackson. She attended the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport, graduating in 1939. Prior to her marriage, she was employed by Hickey Brothers in Davenport, the Rock Island Arsenal during WWII and as a media buyer for Ramsey Advertising. Later, she worked as a legal secretary for Hoersch and Osborne in Davenport and as a technical manual editor at the Rock Island Arsenal, from which she retired in 1987.
On April 12, 1947, she was united in marriage to Philip H. Tunnicliff at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport. Philip preceded her in death in 1984. They raised twin sons, Scott and Kim.
Nancy's interests revolved around her family and her church. She was a member of the Daughters of the King at Trinity, an avid bridge player and a reader of American history. She served on the McKinley Elementary School PTA and as president of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Association (ladies) in the mid-1960s. Nancy was also the primary caregiver to her mother, who lived with them from 1964 until her death in 1979.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Melita Tunnicliff, Bettendorf, and their children, Anna and her husband, Neil, and son, Philip; daughter-in-law, Ginny Tunnicliff, of Oak Park, Ill., and children, Alison, Graham and Ian; her brother, Harold (and Jeanne) Jackson, of Davenport; their son and daughter, Steve and Sherry; and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Kim Hunter Tunnicliff, in 2011; and an older sister, Constance Lundgren in 1981.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Tunnicliff family by visiting Nancy's obituary at


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