Doris W. “Dot” Nance
Published 3:26 pm Sunday, March 18, 2007
CLINTON — Mrs. Doris Warner “Dot” Nance, 85, died Saturday, March 17,2007.
Dot was born on March 8, 1922, in Washington, N.C. She was the youngest daughter of William Edmund “Bill” Warner and Rhoda Gurganus Warner. Dot loved “Little Washington” and spent many happy hours on the Pamlico River with her family and friends.
She met her future husband, John Wesley Nance, before World War II, when he spent the summer with his brother Paul in Washington. Paul and John both played on the same softball team, and Dot was a frequent fan. John and Dot corresponded during the war and got married on September 1, 1945 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Washington. They moved to Clinton in 1952 and had been married for almost 50 years when he died in July of 1995.
Her sister, Kathryn “Kack” Jackson, also preceded her in death. Dot is survived by her other sister, Melba Walston.
She is also survived by her daughters, Susan Nance Sautter; Deborah “Debbie” Nance Miller; Jean Nance Earman and her husband Steve; and her twin sons, John Lindsay “Jack” Nance and his wife DeAnn; and William Wesley “Bill” Nance and his wife Cindy.
Her grandchildren are: Wesley Sautter, Mary Lindsay Miller Blanton and husband Chris, Nancy Miller, Johnny Miller and wife Meghan, Michael Earman, Will Earman, Matt Earman, Caroline Nance, Liza Nance, Christopher Jenkins and Andrew Nance. Her only great-grandchild is Kyler Miller, although his parents Johnny and Meghan will be having another son, Nikolas, in May.
Dot loved her family, her friends and her church (especially her Sunday School class). She loved composing poems for friends and family, jitterbugging, reading, staying “on the go” in the car, singing “I Lost My Poor Kitty,” telling jokes, cooking for her family and playing bridge. She was truly a generous person, always doing things — noticed and unnoticed — for others.
Dot loved Valentina “Val” Rice, her devoted caregiver, who has been like a member of our family for six years.
All of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends will miss her more than we can say. We all feel so blessed to have known her. We love you, Mama Dot!
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 19, at First United Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Clinton, with Dr. Edward Gunter officiating.
The family will receive friends Sunday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m. at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home and other times at the home, 102 Cohaire Ln,, Clinton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 208 Sampson St., Clinton, N.C. 28328 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org — Attention Dot Nance family.
Services have been entrusted to Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home 118 Fayetteville St. Clinton, N.C. 28328