Obituary, Scott Valley, Siskiyou, Yreka

Nancy Lee Super

April 13, 1936  –  March 13, 2023

Reprint Girdner Funeral Chapel


The Super family has not fully prepared (no one is really ever completely ready) to say our goodbyes to our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Nancy Super. She has lived the full life. At the age of 86, the challenges of her internal body essentials were unable to operate efficiently and were not repairable. She had the common old age disease of congestive heart failure.

Nancy Super passed away early Monday morning, March 13, 2023. It was a blessing for her family to have spent the last days with her, by her bedside. Many family members and friends were able to visit and comfort her. She was able to make everyone smile and laugh. The Super family would like to thank everyone for the prayers and thoughts and being there. Yootva (Thank You) Madrone Hospice for helping the family get Nancy through her last days. Also, a big Yootva goes to family that helped take care of Nancy: Pete, Terra, Tasha, Elijah, Kayla, Marques and Trevor; they were able to stay overnights with Nancy.

Nancy Lee (Jerry) Super was born on April 13, 1936 to Louis “Bud” Jerry and Edna (Davis) Jerry in Yreka. She was raised and lived her entire life in Siskiyou County. Nancy is the last listed full blood Karuk Indian of the Karuk Tribe. She loved sharing, teaching, learning and supporting the Karuk language. She is a devoted Christian church member of the Country Baptist Church. She is dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all the hearts she touched.

Nancy was a very busy mother of eight. On October 4, 1955, she married the love of her life, Peter Ray Super Sr., in Ashland, Oregon. Together, in Hilt and Grenada they raised the “Peter Super Tribe”: sons Peter Super Jr., Donald Super, Lariel Super, Archie Super, Robert Super, David Super, Gary Super; and daughter, Florrine Super.

Nancy was raised in Quartz Valley and Scott Valley. She went to school with her siblings and relatives at the Meamber Elementary School in Quartz Valley; and the Chemawa Indian Boarding School in Salem, Oregon. She always expressed how well she was taught and the good services that were offered to her at Chemawa. She grew up and went to school with siblings Louis Jerry (1934-2003), Lafayette Jerry (1937-2013), and Deanna (Jerry) Harrie (1940-2003). Her younger siblings are Loretta June Jerry (1941-1942) and Vernon “Stanley” Jerry (1945-1980). Stanley and Louis lived different number of years with the Peter Super Tribe. Nancy and Peter took care of their sons and daughter, and a number of other family members when needed. Nancy and Peter had loving hearts and were blessed for sharing.

Nancy was content raising and growing up with her husband and children. She always said her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are her pride and joy. Nancy was a full time mother and housewife. There were a couple of jobs that she ventured; one, doing housekeeping for the Alphonse sisters; she worked at the Beverly Manor and loved working with the elderly; and she loved working at the Dougherty Potato Farm in Gazelle with family and friends. With a family of ten, the occupation of homemaking kept her busy for many years.

Nancy’s spiritual walk was very important to her. She always loved the love and care that she felt from God. She shared her commitment to God with her children, grandchildren and family members. Nancy was an avid bowler. She loved bowling with family and friends and bowled for many years. Her last league play was this year, and she had a classy average of 124. She was the best teammate and inspiration to the bowling league and family. Back in her day, she loved softball and volleyball. Nancy and Peter enjoyed watching and supporting their sons and daughters and other family and friend teammates. Like grandparents Emmett and Bessie Super, you would see them at all the basketball, volleyball and softball games and tournaments. They also loved going to the casinos, locally and the surrounding casinos. For the past several years, they looked forward to their casino road trip with sister and brother-in-law Nellie and Calvin Laffoon and a couple of their sons, to The Mill Casino in Coos Bay, Oregon, Three Rivers Casino in Florence, Oregon, Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln, Oregon, Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde, Oregon, and Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. They always had the best of times.

Nancy leaves behind her children, Peter Super Jr., Lariel Super, Archie Super, Robert (Janet) Super, David Super, Gary (Sheila) Super and Florrine Super; sisters-in-law Nellie (Calvin) Laffoon, Judy (Super) Grant and Elbert (Super) Jerry; 17 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren.

Nancy is preceded in death by her husband Peter Super (2020), son Donald Super (2021), daughter Frances Super (1971), and grandson Lariel Lamon Super Jr. (1993). In addition to her parents and her siblings, she was also preceded in death by her parents-in-law Emmett Super (1993) and Bessie (Albars/Attebury) Super (1988); siblings-in-law Emmett Super Jr. (1931), Regina (Super) Jerry (1966), Earl Super (1976), Eleanor Super (1965), Eugene Super (2008), Millie (Super) Fielden (2002) and Patty Super (2022).

There will be a visitation and viewing for Nancy on Friday, March 17, 2023 from 6-8 PM at Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Girdner Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at the Fort Jones Cemetery in the Native Burial Section. There may be a chance of rain. Please bring umbrellas and fold up lawn chairs. Following the burial, a potluck and celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority Community Center, 1836 Apsuun in Yreka.

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