Nancy Aynes

Nancy E. Aynes, 69, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, February 11, 2024 at her residence.

Mrs. Aynes, the former Nancy Elaine Champagne, was born July 20, 1954 in Burlington, IA. She was the daughter of Richard Mark and Paule Awilda (Pletcher) Champagne. She graduated from Burlington Community High School in 1972. She furthered her education at the Burlington Beauty Academy and became a cosmetologist. On May 11, 1974 in Burlington, Nancy married Mike Clark. They were married 22 years before they divorced. On June 7, 1997 at the Greenmound Church of God, rural Trenton, IA, Nancy was united in marriage to Raymond Alfonso Aynes.

Nancy worked as a Pharmacy Tech for Wal-Mart for 7 years. For 9 years, she was a line worker for Heatilator (now Hearth & Home). From 2011-2021, Nancy worked at her home for Alaniz & Sons and Innovaire.

Nancy attended Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed counter cross stitch. She had a great fondness for bees. A skilled photographer, Nancy enjoyed taking pictures of countless items, animals and people. She cherished the time she could spend with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those thankful for sharing in Nancy’s life include her husband, Raymond of Mt. Pleasant; her children and their spouses – Leo & Amy Clark of New London, Adam & Alex Clark of Washington, Randy & Deb Aynes of Mt. Pleasant and Judy & Phil Barnett of Mt. Pleasant; her sisters and their husbands – Karne & Marvin Harris of Dunlap, IL, Barbara & Tom Mark of Washington, IL and Marsha & Dale Walker of Toney, AL; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Her parents and two brothers – Lawrence Edward and Ronald Lee Champagne, precede Nancy in death.

A funeral service for Nancy will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 14 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 801 E. Mapleleaf Drive, Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend Zach Fisher, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 12-8 PM on Tuesday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday evening.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Turpentine Creek Big Cat Sanctuary in Arkansas. Online condolences may be directed to