DeNae Nash

Nov 24, 2020
Nash, DeNae cropped


3:00 PM on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.

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DeNae Nash, 21, of Ames, formerly of Waterloo, died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

DeNae was born on June 3, 1999 in Rock Island, IL, to Jerry Nash and Jaquel Cook.

She graduated from East High School in 2018. DeNae attended Kansas City Community College and was currently attending Des Moines Area Community College playing Women’s Basketball for both schools.

DeNae Nash worked at the Wal-Mart Store in Boone.

Anytime DeNae walked into a room she drew in everyone with her radiant smile. She was sassy, spunky, and full of life.

She never met a stranger and was always there to do anything for her friends, family, and coworkers. She was loyal and loving with the most beautiful soul. DeNae loved her family, friends, and cat Piper with all her heart. Although she wasn’t on this earth long, she made an impact on so many people’s lives with a flash of her contagious smile, positive attitude or comforting words. As a final act of selflessness, DeNae donated her organs and tissue so others could live.

She is survived by her mother, Jaquel (William) Sherrod, Douglasville, GA; her father, Jerry (Linda) Nash, Waterloo; maternal grandmother, Joyce Cook, Las Vegas; paternal grandmother, Mary Denton, Waterloo; paternal grandfather, Eddie Denton, Waterloo; siblings: Kyra Rackley, New York, Jaron Nash, Des Moines, and Jerra Nash, Asia Nash, Leighton Nash,  Mineisha Ford, and Ebony Cook, all of Waterloo.

DeNae Nash is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Jack D. Cook.

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  1. JAMES BANKS | Dec 13, 2020
    Jerry I am praying for your total strenth now & forever! Your cousin James Banks! ( JW Son) Love you cuz❤️
  2. Dorothy Johnson | Dec 03, 2020
    Jaquel, remember all the wonderful times you and Denae had together. Life isn’t always fair. They say God doesn’t give you more than you can bear.  Stay strong. Call me any time you would like to talk.   My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dorothy
  3. Mike Davis and Family | Dec 02, 2020
    Jerry, Jaquel, and Linda. We send our deepest sincere condolences to you and the whole family, we pray that you find peace and strength thru this tragic lost of DeNae Nash. My heart hurts for you and your family.  Jerry you know i’m here and you have my support, God Bless 😥
  4. Cheryl Reed | Dec 02, 2020


    I saw Gloria’s post on Facebook and was just hearbroken to hear that you have lost your sweet DeNae. Feeling sad I haven’t been in touch via social media. She was such a sweet little girl and it sounds like she grew into a beautiful young woman inside and out.  My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and your whole family.  Take care and may all your wonderful memories help you as you navigate through the days to come. 
    Cheryl Reed

  5. Juan Hollingsworth | Dec 02, 2020

    Words cannot express how we feel at this time . Our sincerest,  deepest condolences to all the families,  friends, loved ones that you will be comforted as the days move forward . It was a pleasure to see her when we did in life . We will be praying in earnest for you all.

    The Juan & Sheila Hollingsworth


  6. Regina Spann | Dec 02, 2020
    Praying for peace and understanding during this difficult time, no words can ease the pain but know that we as a family are praying for you during this time of grief. I pray comfort over you as the days turn into years that you know as a mother you did all you could to show DeNae the love and strength that you had within you and it is reflected through her selfness giving of her organs so that others may live, what a blessing. I am lifting your entire family up as they grieve as well. Love you always. Regina
  7. Melissa and Delainey Davila | Dec 02, 2020
    Delainey and I were very saddened to hear of DeNae’s accident and passing. Being able to be an assistant coach for her and for Delainey to be able to be her teammate in middle school was a great experience. DeNae was always respectful and tried her hardest. When I think of her I don’t just think of a basketball player, I instantly think of Jaquel and her relationship. There wasn’t a game, tournament or weekend that she wasn’t with you, Jaquel. The love you have for each other will always be my memory of DeNae. I know she will always walk by your side. Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. May God carry you all through this difficult time.
  8. Dennis and Dawn Holmes & Alexia | Dec 01, 2020
    We loved DeNae with all of our hearts.  Her smile and laugh was very contagious and she was a genuine person.  Both qualities that we think she received from her Grandma Joyce.  May God wrap His arms around you to comfort you during these next days and weeks.  Thank you DeNae for being a part of our lives and leaving a lasting impression.  Love and prayers to Joyce and Jaquel and the rest of the family.
  9. David Graham | Dec 01, 2020



    No words that I have can truly comfort you on the loss of Denae.  I remember her vividly from my time with you at John Deere and what a fantastic young lady with lots of promise.  Please know that Debbie and I are here for you and have an insight on dealing with the loss of a child and will be available to support you day or night in the time to come.  We are now local to you so just a short drive away if you ever need us.  Debbie especially as a mother.   May our Creator hold you and your family in his arms during this time.

    Our hearts ache for you and giving you a virtual for now.


    David and Debbie Graham


  10. Michael Ryan | Dec 01, 2020
    I'm so sorry for this tragic news.  I was her 7th grade basketball coach at Glenview Middle School in East Moline, IL.  Danae was a great athlete and an awesome person.  I remember her soft jump shots and her willingness to fight for a rebound.   I'm appreciative of the time we spent together.  Sending my prayers to the family during this difficult time.
  11. Bonnie | Dec 01, 2020
    From the moment DeNae came into your life, till the moment she left, there was so much love and many happy memories. I hope these memories will help you get through the next few days and continue to carry her legacy forward. God bless DeNae for her selfless act of donating her organs, that have now saved three other lives. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. 
  12. Gloria J Kobow | Nov 30, 2020

    Jaquel...Although I didn't get to see DeNae much after she became a young woman I sure remember her as a baby and growing up in the Quad Cities.  DeNae was always so sweet and so polite.  I love the fact that we could still watch her grow up from afar on Facebook.  What a beautiful woman she turned out to be.  My heart hurts so much for you Jaquel and all of your family.  It has to be wonderful to know that DeNae is going to live on through other people.  What a selfless gift.

    You all will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and after.  Ted & Gloria 

  13. Rita & Denton Douglas | Nov 30, 2020
    DeNae was a good girl and she will be missed by all who loved and knew her.  Words can not express our deepest sympathy!  Jaquel, Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.  With love!  Rita & Denton
  14. Pat Davis | Nov 30, 2020
    May you find healing and comfort in the Lord.   Janae was such a sweet young lady. My condolences to the entire family.
  15. Patti Balsiger | Nov 30, 2020
    As everyone I was so sad to hear about this tragic loss. Her father is an extremely kind, loving man and I'm sure he has instilled this in all of his children. My heart goes out to the whole family, So proud she donated her organs and she will live on in someone else!! those people will be very lucky to have such a beautiful donation from a beautiful young woman.
  16. Mike Welch | Nov 30, 2020
    I was so sad to hear about Denae.  I was her 8th grade basketball coach at Glenview Middle School in East Moline Illinois.  Unfortunately I believe Denae broke her wrist and was not able play but only a couple of games.  She left such an impact on the school, the team, and myself.  She was an awesome teammate and such a wonderful young lady.  My heart and many prayers go out to her family.
  17. Carolyn Ford | Nov 29, 2020
    im sending my loving thoughts. I met DeNae when she was a little girl hanging put with her grandma Joyce. They were a pair-they definately adored each other. My heart hurts for all of you. Carolyn Ford
  18. Charlotte Gafeney | Nov 29, 2020


    Psalm 46:1-3; God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.   

    To the family of DeNae Nash:  

    We, the Family of Gift of Life Church want to assure you that you will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. We know the same God who has helped you with past trials, will be ever present during this one as well.

    May you find assurance in His word, strength in His presence and comfort in His love.  We will be praying for you, and trusting that God will be your portion and help, as well as comfort your entire family.  


    Yours in Christ, Bishop Brian E. Hill, Sr. Pastor Judeda Hill and the Gift of Life Family

  19. Cary Hollowell | Nov 29, 2020
    I'm so sorry for this tragic news. Denae was the granddaughter I never had. I will miss her always until we meet again. My condolences to her mother and family.  God will give you peace. Cary Hollowell.   

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