Nancy Lee Bixby Cacciatore died on February 12, 2022 in Medina Manor, Durand, Illinois, following an extended illness. Nancy was born May 25, 1945, in Sterling, Illinois to Jack and Neva (Short) Bixby. She graduated from Durand High School, class of 1963, where she shared salutatorian honors after being elected Durand Homecoming Queen in 1962. Nancy attended Monmouth College and the University of Illinois, graduating in 1967. She worked in the Winnebago County Superintendent's office before becoming a full-time wife and mother. Nancy served as school board member for Durand Schools for eight years. She was a volunteer in the after-school program as well as in the Durand Community Library.\n Nancy spent her lifetime devoted to her husband and their children, her parents, grandparents, and her grandchildren. She read books at an incredible pace and was knowledgeable in any subject one might wish to discuss with her. Nancy and Marlo (her sister-in-law) were an undefeated team in familial matches of Trivial Pursuit. Every spring, she found joy working in her yard. The path to her front door was colorful with flowers, and beautiful plants. The back yard was always a work-in-progress and grew in scope and beauty every year. One of Nancy's favorite holiday traditions was putting up her Christmas Village with her family.\n Nancy has been described by close friends as a dear friend in fun and laughter. Nancy always found the bright side, loved doing silly things, such as forming a mothers' Kazoo band that played during the Durand High School girls softball games, and was featured in photos in the yearbook. Nancy has also been described as the most loving, giving, caring, and classiest lady ever known to her friends. Nancy used to say, "If you can't find the humor, you just end up crying all the time." A perfect example of finding humor was when she owned a non-reversing car her brother gave her in college, and she shared fond memories of adventures with it throughout the years.\n Nancy is predeceased by her grandparents, her parents and her beloved husband, William Thomas (Bill) Cacciatore, Sr. She is survived by her children, William T. (Bill) Cacciatore, Jr., Jennifer L. Cacciatore, and stepdaughter, Juli Hawthorne; her grandchildren, Zachary, Rachel, Aaron, Stella and Louis; her brother, William E. (Bill) Bixby (Marlo), sister-in-law Frances Salvato (Phil), very special cousin Jean (Sam) Maggio, and endeared family friend Jessica Travis. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Judi Guenzler (Scott), Steve Salvato, Jack Bixby (Sammi), and Anna Parkinson (Branden). Numerous first cousins, their families, and great-nephews and nieces also survive.\n The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff and management of Medina Manor for its compassionate care. \n Cremation rites have been accorded. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial ceremony will be held later. The family was assisted by McCorkle Funeral Home - Durand Chapel 101 Main St. Durand, Illinois.