Nancy E. Chism Gilmore was born September 25, 1943, to the union of LeRoy and Gladys Chism in Bates County, Missouri. She was the 3rd of seven (7) children (3 girls, 4 boys). She professed her faith in Christ at an early age while attending church in Tipton, Bunceton and Sedaila, Missouri and was a lifelong Baptist. Her family relocated to Kansas City where Nancy attended RT Cole school.
In 1958 she married D.J. Gilmore and to this union one child was born. Nancy was a member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor RB Poe. Her last membership was at Cleveland Ave Baptist Church where she rededicated her faith under Pastor Price Ellis and Pastor Harrison Jackson. She was a faithful member of the Kitchen Ministry where her culinary skills were widely appreciated by the church family.
At a young age Nancy began her journey in the culinary industry, working at several restaurants in Kansas City including Patches and The Oyster Bay. She advanced to chef at the Hereford House and Truman Hospital cafeteria. For 28 years she was an executive chef and manager of the State building’s cafeteria.
Nancy enjoyed fishing, shooting pool, and listening to her church music while she lovingly prepared legendary dishes for her family/friends. And nobody was a bigger KC Chiefs fan! Her heart was huge and her compassion boundless not only for loved ones but for those in need.