Reverend Nancy J. Haley died on August 27, 2010. Rev. Haley was 66 years
old. Rev. Haley was born on July 12,
1944, in Rapid City,
South Dakota, to Joseph Milton
Pearl Shaver and Inez Lenore Shaver. She earned degrees from the University of Minnesota - a Bachelor of Arts in English
and German Literature in 1966 and a Master of Arts in Theater & Costume
Design in 1970.
For 10 years, Rev. Haley taught
English as a Second Language for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was a free
lance writer and a film and video producer for nearly 25 years. Among her many
productions was the 42 minute film, "Great Branches, New Roots: The Hmong
Family" (1981) which documented the Hmong refugees’ concept of family, its
structure, and its role in their survival in the Twin Cities.
She also wrote, produced, and
directed on such varied topics as cultural awareness for tutors of English as a
Second Language; living with disabilities; juror responsibilities; and how to
take the bus for non-speakers of English. In addition, she filmed sessions for
the Minnesota State Legislature from 1989 to 1992.
While a member of Unity Church
Unitarian in St.
Paul, Ms. Haley created Images for Our Lives, a series of
videotapes for children that supplemented a religious education
In March 1996, Rev. Haley received
her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and was ordained the following September at
Unity Church Unitarian in St.
Paul, Minnesota. She
was Interim Minister to the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago for one year
before being called to the UU Society of Iowa City, where she served until 2009. She
was Interim to the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha from 2009 –
Rev. Haley was active in the Prairie
Star District, serving on the board from 2002 to 2008; the Chalice Lighters
Committee from 2008-09; and the Nominating Committee from 2009-10. David
Leppik, one of her PSD Board colleagues said about her, "She was always lively,
thoughtful and thought-provoking. When we got mired in budget debates and fears
about funding, she would dare us to dream big: that if our services were valued,
they would find funding. And she was right.”
Rev. Haley is survived by her loving
partner of 21 years, Tom Johnson; son, John Haley (Monica Singh) of Los Angeles;
daughter, Joanna Haley of Chicago; sisters, Marcia Houk (Garry Neiderworder)
& Peggy Nielsen (Scott); nephew, Josh Houk (Lisa); nieces, Stephanie &
Amanda Nielsen, all of Rapid City; loved ones, Melissa (Greg) Zeleny of West
Saint Paul & grandchildren, Asha & Keira Haley, Quinn, Hayden & Birk
A service of remembrance was held at
Unity Church Unitarian in Saint
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dahl Museum, Attn. Kathi Maxon, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, South Dakota
Please send notes of condolence to
Tom Johnson, 1510 Red Cedar
Road, Eagan, MN 55121.