What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Friday, May 18, 2018
1:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines
Additional Celebration of Life at
2:00 p.m., Saturday May 19, 2018
Seymour Methodist Church
Seymour, IA


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines, Iowa


Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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Nancy Jean (Parks) Heimbaugh

Nancy was born in Centerville, IA, on May 1, 1946. Due to a fall, she suffered an apparent stroke and died March 30, 2018 at her home in Des Moines, IA. She was the oldest of two daughters born to Floyd and Bess (Holliday) Parks of Promise City/Seymour, IA. She attended Seymour Community School graduating from high school in 1964. She attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education in June 1968. Nancy was honored to receive the university's highest recognition to a graduating senior, the Oreon E. Scott Award (signifying the greatest service to the university during her years at Drake University). Nancy thoroughly enjoyed her career for 30 years at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Student Services. She was married to Michael Heimbaugh March 14, 1988. Nancy was a dedicated friend, daughter, sister and wife. She was predeceased by her parents, and husband of 29 years. Nancy is survived by her sister, Susan Forrester (Brian) of Scottsdale, AZ.

A memorial service for Nancy will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday May 18, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Avenue, Des Moines and a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m., Saturday May 19, 2018 at the Seymour Methodist Church, Seymour, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DMACC Foundation and mailed to 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Bldg 22, Ankeny, IA 50023 to establish a Nancy J. Heimbaugh Scholarship to be awarded to students at the Ankeny campus.