Barbara Jean Maxwell Nacey was born August 17, 1924 to Verl and Evelyn Maxwell in Murray, Utah. After courageously and elegantly battling a long-term, debilitating illness our sweetest mother, grandmother, great-grandmother & sister returned home on September 12, 2017. As dignified as mom conducted her life on this earth, she departed with the same dignity. She passed away peacefully and quietly at home surrounded by her loved ones.\r\n\r\nMom was the oldest of five children and had the natural ability to help her mother with her younger siblings. She grew up splitting her time between Murray, UT and Los Angeles, CA and often told stories of making the trip across the Mojave Desert in an old-time buggy with no air-conditioning on bumpy dirt roads. She also told many stories of her experiences living through the Great Depression as a little girl. Mom graduated from Granite High School in 1942, married James Leo Jensen and had three children. They later divorced. Mom worked hard as a single mother at the Tooele Army Depot during WWII, and later at The Deseret News as a secretary. While at the depot she held several positions, but her favorite was assisting in the autopsy department. She eventually met her soulmate, Robert E. Nacey. They married and had six more children. Later they were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple uniting the family for eternity.\r\n\r\nMom’s great passions in life were her family, the gospel, art and writing. She devoted her life to her family and doted on her nine children while making sure that we all knew the light of our Savior. She belonged to a local art foundation, traveling to surrounding states to display her work in different shows with her soulmate always by her side. Dad took great pride in mom's talents and often handmade frames and canvasses to display her work. Mom also loved to read and write, and had an imagination unsurpassed. She was often known to make up her own bedtime stories to the delight of her children and grandchildren.\r\n\r\nMom and dad had the privilege of spending 59 years together, enjoying many adventures and business endeavors. Always working together as a team, they owned and operated many businesses from nursing homes to a cattle ranch. They lived and operated in Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Montana. Mom was always up for a new adventure and could be counted on for a fabulous plan or idea.\r\n\r\nThe greatest gifts Mom leaves behind are her kindness, empathy and sense of fun. She was the kind of person who always had a word of love or a hot meal for anyone who crossed her path. She had the ability to comfort and care for everyone she knew, and she never met a stranger. If she could make someone else happy, it made her happy. She was fun-loving and a natural jokester. You could often find her wrestling with her boys, sewing or baking with her girls or pulling a joke on anyone around. \r\n\r\nMom will be dearly missed and our family looks to the day when we are reunited with her beautiful smile and bright eyes. Until then, we know she is in God's light and will be watching over us all.\r\n\r\nThe family wants to give a special thank-you to mom's wonderful team of hospice angels; Dema, Ashley, Ruth and Sarah, whose love, care and concern made mom's life so much brighter.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her loving children: David Jensen, Robin (Jody) Nacey, Patrick Nacey, Shannon (Kent) Pugmire, Shaun (Marla) Nacey, Erin (Jared) Nacey-Smith; 36 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother Grant (Rosie); sister Janet (Larry).\r\n\r\nPreceded in death by her eternal companion; parents; brothers, Reuel and Gilbert; daughter, Janet; sons, Jim and Michael; daughter-in-law Margaret; granddaughter Tiffiney.\r\n\r\nFuneral Services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1pm, at the LDS Forest Bend Chapel, 7784 South Highland Drive (2000 East) Sandy, Utah. Viewings will be at the LDS Forest Bend Chapel Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6-8pm and Saturday prior to services from 12-12:45pm. Interment will follow services at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery, 2350 East 1300 South.