Condolence: Never enough time, God has his own plan. Prayers for the family at this time of loss. I didn't know Nancy that well only met her with other extended family member's, she was very delightful and dedicated women. My heart goes out to you all and your love and memories never die which makes Nancy live on in your hearts forever. Prayers
Condolence: Helga and I want to express our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. We know what a hard time you all are going thru. The loss of any family member is a piece of your life removed, but not forgotten. May God be with you during this heart breaking time and always there after. Once again our sincerest condolences. The Fox Family, Helga and Charlie
Condolence: Dear Family, My earliest memories of Nancy were of her bringing Cheryl over for my grandma Pearl to watch us both. Grandma lived with me and my mom Reta in a little 2 bedroom duplex in Los Angeles. Mom and Nancy were friends at the Pacific Bell telephone company and both tasked with raising little girls as single moms. Grandma cared for Cheryl, I believe, from birth to 6 years old. Cheryl was like a sister to me and was 6 months younger. In fact, my mom was her god-mother. I believe it was Nancy who came up with the idea for us to celebrate our 1/2 birthdays on each other's birthday. That was pretty cool.
Then something happened and we were separated for about 3 years and I remember being so very sad, crying at night. Then when we were about 9 years we were reunited and from then on in our growing years, Cheryl and I did things together even though we kind of lived on opposite ends of L.A. Nancy was a Brownie Scout leader and she invited me to join her and Cheryl in that. Cheryl and I went forward in the Girl Scouts and even Explorers through the years and thankful our moms were supportive. They also encouraged and supported us in Job's Daughters, church, volunteerism, scuba diving lessons, camping, and other activities. When Nancy remarried and had 4 more children I enjoyed (well mostly....but you know I was a teen, lol) playing and helping to care for Arthur, Steven, Billy and Nannette. I remember trying to surprise Nancy a few times when everyone was out of the house by cleaning up the house and then being in shock when the masses returned and it was like I never touched it! Haha.(not fun at the time though). Funny how, like Nancy, I was an only child of my mother's and I now have a large family...... 6 children. I relate to how it's difficult to keep a tidy home in those early years. She seemed much more interested in gently trying to guide and teach them. Well, until it got to be a bit too much and then her super soft voice suddenly found the volume control and cranked it up to stop the chaos! I remember going "who was that?!" Haha. This reminds me of a poem I appreciated when my children were small and I used to quote while I was rocking a crying baby (besides many Bible verses and prayers!)
"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow
For babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow,
So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."
Nancy was like an auntie to me. She liked to encourage me in different endeavors. I moved away at 19 with my mom and step dad Jim, and to attend CSUH, and for their job changes, so we kind of lost touch except maybe Christmas cards and she'd often send me a birthday card in November and I to her in January. Those were the days of long distance phone charges and no internet. I got down to visit here and there like when Cheryl's first born Jeromey was born just before the baby shower I was attending with the Job's Daughters! We had to party without her. I had to go visit Cheryl and Jeromey in the hospital! lol. Soon after that, I was married to my college sweetheart, Kelvin, and Nancy came up to help with the reception, along with Cheryl (who was my maid of Honor...and let me use her wedding dress!), Kent and baby Jeromey. I found a couple of those photos and included them here of her. Looking through my photos albums I'm reminded how we hardly took photos when I was growing up. Now with digital, my kids and grandkids have to endure my many clicks :). I wish I had more to help this ol' brain recall.
I remember Nancy being a great seamstress and good with penmanship. I tried to glean from her some of these traits. I remember helping her with a envelope writing job that required a certain style of penmanship. She didn't seem daunted by any sewing project we had to do like making look-alike dresses for Job's daughters each year or whipping up Cheryl's maid of honor dress. (Sorry Cheryl, that I picked green, but it was St. Patrick's Day :).
My memories are various images like the kids drinking from brightly colored aluminum cups, dishes piled high in the sink, cooking going on, lots of diapers to change....cloth...oh dear, tons of National Geographic Magazines that I liked to learn from, one of the houses being so big and Craftsman style I think, with big windows, fireplace, pretty glass windowed doors for one of the rooms, big backyard and tons of activity (unlike my quiet home with usually just me when my step brothers weren't visiting). I remember Nancy picking me up when we were all pretty young with a big old bubble of a car. You know, one of those 1940's type classics. No seat belts back then that I recall, and kids sitting any which way. It's good no one jumped through a window! Somehow we all survived! lol.
I really wish I could have been at the memorial with you all. The last time I saw all the family is at Bill and Heather's wedding. I'm thankful that 5 of my kids and my now son-in-law came with me on a almost cross country road trip back in 2005 from California. After visiting my folks in New Orleans, we traveled North to stay with Nancy for a couple days in Missouri. It was fun catching up also with Nannette and her kids. We had also seen Bill and Heather and children years ago when we visited mom and Jim in New Orleans. There were a few times we'd visit Cheryl and her family in Los Angeles, but I couldn't believe it, when my folks, Kelvin and I met her at a restaurant earlier 2018 on the way to my parents' now home in Las Vegas, I hadn't seen her in many many years! I hope to see Stephen, Suzy, Arthur, Angela and you all again sometime. Tell me if you are ever in the SF Bay area!!!
I have been praying for you all. I pray you all have a relationship with Jesus and He will comfort you. He is the one who has helped me through many a battlefield. Draw closely to God and to each other. Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (I just re-read a little book that helped me very much as a young adult with my relationship with Him and highly recommend: "More Than a Carpenter" by Josh and Sean McDowell.
Let us all be known for our Love, dear family. Death can be stressful, but it can also bring us to our knees in love, forgiveness, grace, patience, peace. It's a good time to reevaluate what is best for our lives. It reminds me how our life here on earth is so short.
One of my favorite verses....... 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a " Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
A good one for the New Year. May God bless you all, dear Family. Please keep in touch.
love and hugs, Cathy Ann (Camp) Jew
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Condolence: We too extend our deepest sympathy to Nancy's family. I met Nancy while attending Greenwood High School and she was a student at Central High. As the years passed and Greenwood Reunions occured, JoAnn and I came to know her and enjoy her company. Rest In Peace Nancy. Marvin and JoAnn Ozley