Nellie Rose McCannon

By on March 17, 2011

Nellie Rose McCannon, 93, of Wheaton, Ill., passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011, at Wyndemere Retirement Center, where she moved in 1997 after a longtime residence in Madison, Wis.

She was born on Dec. 29, 1917, in Sugar Grove, the only daughter of the late Benjamin and Bena (Willis) McCannon.

Miss McCannon was on the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty for 37 years; 10 years of that at the Milwaukee County Extension Office. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the Agricultural Journalism Department to head their home economics journalism major. She handled the home economics news service and taught news writing and feature writing classes. She was also president of the Wisconsin Home Economics Association and on the board of the American Home Economics Association. There, she started a communications section and served as its first chair.

She initiated a yearly workshop for female editors and reporters in the state, and she was president of the Madison chapter of Women in Communications.

Working with international graduate students led her to a project with Mexican home agents, an assignment in Indonesia, and several trips around the world, including visiting all seven continents.

Miss McCannon is survived by her brother, Ben (Jayne) McCannon; sister-in-law, Vivian McCannon; eight nieces and nephews; and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Frank (Helen) McCannon, Willis (Grace) McCannon and John McCannon; nephews, Michael McCannon, Dennis McCannon and David McCannon.

Memorials may be made to the Nellie McCannon Life Science Communications Fund, UW Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison, WI 53708.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Burial will take place at Jericho Cemetery.

For information please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.