Nancy Anderson Blakey passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2007, at home with her family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born May 3, 1927, in Clearwater, Florida.
She is predeceased by her parents, Dr. William D. Anderson, and Corley Price Anderson, a beloved grandson, Tyler James Grimm.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William B. Blakey Jr.; their three children: Kathleen Blakey Heatwole and her husband, William Daniel Heatwole of Waynesboro, Anne Blakey Grimm of Farmington, Pa. and James Blakey of Saint Thomas, USVI; three grandchildren: Brandon Grimm of Richmond, Va., Daniel Blakey Heatwole and his fiancÚ, Amanda Houff of Va. Beach and Anne Ryan Heatwole of Richmond; and a cousin, Richard Theador Morris of Tampa, Florida.
Nancy graduated from Tarpon Springs High School, Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Mary Baldwin College with a degree in biology. Before moving to Waynesboro with her husband, she taught school in Charlottesville, Va.. After moving to Waynesboro, she was active in Junior Women's Club, AAUW and Beta Sigma Phi. She has been a member and president of the Waynesboro Arts Club, and did volunteer work at the Bloodmobile, Augusta Free Clinic and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church.
While raising a family, in addition to her life in Waynesboro, she was a partner to her husband on their assignments with Dupont in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Houston, Texas, Isfahan, Iran, and Izmit, Turkey. While in Ireland she made her own wet suit and enjoyed scuba diving in Kinnagoe Bay where the city of Derry Dive Club found the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship. In Iran and Turkey she learned Farsi and Turkish in order to converse and shop in local markets, and teach a group of her Turkish friends English. Nancy and Bill loved to travel, and visited much of the world together.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church by the Rev. Rolo Castillo. Immediately following the service the family will greet friends at a reception in the church cafeteria. Burial will be private in Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2007, in the MCDOW FUNERAL HOME.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 246 Arch Avenue, Waynesboro, Va., 22980, or the Augusta Regional Free Clinic, P.O. Box 153, Fishersville, Va., 22939.
Burial: Riverview Cemetery Waynesboro Waynesboro City Virginia, USA Plot: Block 193 Lot 2C