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Nancy Taylor Drifmeyer
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Nancy Taylor Drifmeyer
May 23, 1941 – June 20, 2018

Nancy Taylor Drifmeyer, wife, mother, grandmother; teacher, musician, mentor; stylish dresser, discriminating shopper, and goddess of gift-giving; master of laundry, opinions, stubbornness and the Queen of side-eye passed on Tuesday, June 20th, 2018.

An intrepid traveler and foodie before that was even a thing, Nancy was born in West Virginia, raised in Michigan, educated in New York, adopted by Massachusetts, and enjoyed a complicated but loving relationship with Texas. To the dismay of her family, she loved mushrooms, escargot, margaritas, and gummy bears. Nancy and loving husband Jeff were known to regularly stuff too many personal items in a car and drive cross country just to eat fresh lobster on Cape Cod.

Nancy was fearless in the pursuit of what she considered most important - an education, the love of her life, and a family. Graduating high school at age 16, she put herself through Western Michigan University; persistence earned her graduate placement at the Eastman School of Music. Nancy was one of the first women to study Double Bass at Eastman, graduating with her Master in Double Bass Performance. Her 50 year career as a string music educator spanned three states, multiple award-winning programs, and an endless congregation of adoring students and fellow teachers who were lucky enough to be touched by her brilliance.

She found something even more important at Eastman - the love of her life and lifelong partner Jeffrey Wayne Drifmeyer. They married in 1965 and had two children, Kelly Beth and Michael Eben. Nancy put everything into raising her family, including her love, practical advice, patience, and occasionally scathing wit. Nancy usually forgot to wear her superhero cape, but her powers were undeniable - an amazingly supportive mom and doting grandmother to Michael’s children Blake and Asher. She loved her husband and her family with all her heart, even when they sometimes drove her completely crazy.

As ridiculously accomplished as Nancy was, she still found time to read 10 books a week, learned to use her iPad like a pro, and remembered the name of every tree, flower, plant, and breed of cow she ever saw.

In lieu of flowers, Nancy’s family asks you to consider a donation to VH-1 Save the Music Foundation at PO Box 2096, New York, NY 10108-2096 or https://www.vh1savethemusic.org/take-action/ways-to-donate/ supporting music education programs through schools, students, and teachers across the country.


A celebration of Nancy’s life is being held in Boerne, Texas on June 29th, 4-7pm, at Kronkosky Place, 17 Old San Antonio Road. Please bring a photo and a story to share; if you’re unable to join us, send your stories and photos to: drifmeyers@yahoo.com and they’ll be shared in her honor. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select Obituaries. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.


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Celebration of Life

Friday

29

Jun

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Kronkosky Place

17 Old San Antonio Road
Boerne, TX 78006


Memorial Contribution

VH1 Save the Music Foundation

P.O. Box 2096
New York, NY 10108-2096
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