Nancy Louise Weist Bowling, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Aug. 16, 2012, at her home in Greenfield. She was born on Jan. 29, 1943, in Cincinnati, to Robert and Mary (Saxson) Weist. Nancy grew up in Connersville, Ind. She graduated from Connersville High School as valedictorian in 1963.
After high school she began work for Kroger’s as a Cashier and Nancy was a substitute school teacher at St. Gabriel’s while attending Earlham College in Richmond. She received a degree in Biology and was an elected member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Nancy began a career with Eli Lilly and Company in 1974, as a Research Biologist where she worked for 27 years, helping develop several drugs. She was given an Award in Recognition of Innovative Scientific Contributions to Eli Lilly & Company with regards to her US Patent # 5532254 on July 2, 1996.
Nancy married George Wayne Bowling on Jan. 31, 1960 at the Central Christian Church. They were happily married for 52 years. She enjoyed reading, collecting a wide variety of antiques, original art, as well as quilting.
Nancy is survived by her spouse,George; her children, Timothy, Lisa, and Michael; her sister, Janie (Risch) Butz; and her grandchildren, David, Stephen, Alyssa, Max, Alex, Madelyn, Adam, Ashley, Ashley, Jessica, Justin and Jacob. She also has 3 great- grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Nancy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Weist; her parents, Robert Weist, Joseph and Mary Risch; and her son, David Wayne Bowling.
A visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. on Monday Aug. 20, at Erlewein Funeral Home, 1484 West US Highway 40 Greenfield. A separate service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 232 West 9th Street, Connersville, Ind. Burial will follow service at Dale Cemetery at 801 South Gregg Road Connersville, Ind. Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to email@example.com.