Nancy was born to Bernard and Marian (Peacock) Clark on January 7, 1930 in Jackson, MI. She was a true bargain at a cost of $25 for her birth, as evidenced by her parents' Foote Hospital delivery bill that was a cherished keepsake of hers. She often commented that she was born in the same year that the Michigan Theater opened in Jackson.
Nancy joins her husband Bruce Sr. (2000), parents, sister Patricia (Robert) Fedore, and sisters-in-law Nancy Shemansky and Doris Hermansen. Although her parents moved to a farm in Grass Lake during her senior year, she still graduated from Jackson High School with her friends because her father drove her back and forth to attend classes. She was also gifted with a horse named Mr. Chips and a 0.22 caliber rifle, making the country life a little more appealing. After graduation she and a classmate ventured to Tucson, AZ to work for a brief time. Upon returning to Jackson, she worked at National Bank of Jackson in Grass Lake until she crossed paths with Bruce through the Jackson Ski Club. They were married within the year at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church then Jill, Bruce Jr. and Lynne arrived in rapid succession.
A talented knitter, she handcrafted argyle socks in her teens, and later Christmas stockings and afghans for her children and grandchildren. As a grandma, Nancy devoted countless hours to her three grandsons, including cheering at hockey rinks and applauding at music concerts. She enjoyed many friendships through bowling, golf, exercise class, meals out and spending time with high school friends. Young children and dogs always brightened her day.
She is survived by Jill (Steve) Patch, Bruce Ford Jr. (of Ashburn, VA) and Lynne Bolenbaugh. Also grandsons Benjamin Patch, Brian Bolenbaugh, and Daniel Patch (of Ann Arbor), sister-in-law Janis Hillcoat (of Florida) and several nieces and nephews. We would like to thank her neighbors, the Prestons, the Overholsers and the Hawkins for their kindness over the years. Also the staff at Brightside Assisted Living and SouthernCare Hospice for their care.
Should friends desire, contributions can be made to the Cascades Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the organization of your choice.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Watson’s Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Rd. from 4 to 7pm on Friday, July 17th. An in-person socially distanced funeral service will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church at 2395 W. High Street in Jackson at 11am with Pastor Devin Robertson officiating and additional visitation from 10 - 11am. Face coverings required indoors unless a known medical condition prevents it. Those wishing to avoid health risk due to COVID may hear the service on their car radios from the church parking lots only. The station will be posted at parking entrances. Interment will be at Roseland Memorial Gardens immediately following (family only).
For those unable to attend, Nancy loved Snickers bars - enjoy one in her memory.
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