FLORENCE, Kentucky — Nancy Elaine Chill Rankin, 95, formerly of Warren, Ohio, went to the Lord Tuesday, January 11, 2022 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She died peacefully at her home in Florence, Kentucky.
Elaine preceded her death to whom she was married for nearly 50 years, H. Dean Rankin.
She is survived by her son, John J. Pico, and his fiancée, Amanda Thiry; her daughter M. Carlotta Lively and her husband Michael; and 10 grandchildren, Rachel Pico and Joshua, Samuel, James, Mary, Jonathan, Rachael, Abigail, David and Naomi Lively; as well as grandnephews, Michael and Matthew Alas.
Elaine was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and after graduating worked for a year in a war factory during World War II. She then earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University in 1949 and 1956, and received a master’s plus 30 from the University of Akron in 1989. She began her teaching career at Jackson-Milton High School, where she studied and married her first husband, Joseph Pico.
She then taught English, Spanish, and health and physical education at Braceville High School, Garfield High School in Akron, and a high school in Las Vegas, Nevada, eventually returning to Ohio to teach at Copley Fairlawn High School and Nordonia to teach high school. She taught a course at the University of Maryland in Germany and in 1990 accepted a position as a teacher at a Department of Defense school in Germany. Elaine’s last teaching assignment was at Ashland High School, where she took many of her students and family members to Spain and other European countries.
For the past five years, Elaine has lived opposite her beloved daughter; Son-in-law and their children in Florence, Kentucky. While in Kentucky, she enjoyed driving, visiting her grandchildren, and spending time tending her garden.
A healthy life and exercise enthusiast, Elaine enjoyed good health until her last month when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a brief illness and final goodbyes to her children and grandchildren, Elaine stopped by her home in Florence, Kentucky with her family by her side.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research at Lustgarten.org to help find a cure, or to your local Humane Society in honor of Elaine’s late Staffordshire Terrior, Buffy Rankin.