Nancy Farrell Neubauer was born 13 September 1942 and raised in the Millbrook community outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the Woman’s College of North Carolina in Greensboro and received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in piano performance. After graduation, Neubauer taught at High Point University for one year before joining the U.S. Army Special Services in 1966.
In early August 1966, Neubauer reported for duty in South Korea. She was stationed at Army Support Command (ASCOM) in Bupyeong, where she served as program director and later acting director for the service club. When she returned to the U.S. a year later, Neubauer left special services and worked for a few months as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Analytical Chemistry in Washington, D.C. In January 1968, Neubauer reenlisted in the special services and was sent Germany, where she directed clubs at Grafenwoehr and then Butzbach.
In May 1970, Neubauer resigned from Army Special Services. She spent a number of years working in public broadcasting in Washington D.C. before settling again in the Raleigh area.