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Nancy Noble is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #609, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Known by a nickname

Tuesday: A distinctive style of walking

Wednesday: Four children

Thursday: A stickler for grammar

Nancy Noble was the youngest of five children born to Harry and Jessie Cromie Nov. 27, 1921 in Gore, New Zealand. She was christened Anna Christina, but nicknamed 'Nancy' by her father and it stuck for the remainder of her life.

After graduation, she moved to Wellington for employment and it was while living and working there that she met Emery Noble, the love of her life. Emery was a U.S. Marine serving in the Pacific during World War II. He and Nancy were married in St. Andrews Church in Wellington.

At the end of WWII, Emery returned to Orofino and sent for his bride. She boarded a ship with other war brides immigrating to the U.S. The ship landed two weeks later in New Orleans. From there she went by train to Chicago and then to Spokane where Emery met her and brought her to her new home in Orofino. In 1962, she became a naturalized citizen at a ceremony at the Clearwater County Courthouse.

In 1955, after her children were born, she began working at the Clearwater Tribune and was employed there until retirement. She will be remembered for the spirited pace of her walk to and from work.

Nancy was active in the community and a member of several organizations including Order of Eastern Star, P.E.O., Orofino Community Concerts and the Orofino Methodist Church. She was a judge and exhibitor at the Clearwater County Fair and a dedicated spectator at her children's school events.

She volunteered as a tutor, helping many adults in Orofino become proficient in reading. She was a faithful patron and volunteer at Clearwater Memorial Public Library. Nancy was a stickler for proper grammar and the correct use of the English language, a holdover from her education in New Zealand.

Nancy and Emery had four children. She died Feb 16, 2012 in Boise.

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