October 2nd , 2011 14:38 pm Leave a comment

Ethel Nance


Ethel Nance, former Elizabethton resident, passed away on September 28, 2011, in Austin, Texas, where she was living near her daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Larry Lacey.


Mrs. Nance was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., where she was given the honor of church hostess. After the death of her husband, Fred L. Nance, she became Elizabethton’s City and Council Librarian for 13 years. She received accolades for improving the size and quality of Elizabethton’s Libraries.


Mrs. Nance moved to Orlando, Fla., to become the Medical Librarian for several years at the Orange Memorial Hospital (now Orlando Regional Medical Center). After her retirement, she traveled extensively with her husband, Louis Reichenbach, and daughter, Joy. The most memorable trips were to Europe, and returning to New York on both the Queen Elizabeth II and the new Queen Mary II ocean liners. She loved visiting her son, John Frank Nance, and wife Betty, and their children in California. She also loved her Orlando home, with its over 100 flowering bushes, orchids and orange trees.


Mrs. Nance is survived by her daughter, Joy Nance Lacey and husband Larry of Austin, Texas; her son, John Frank Nance and wife Betty of Covina, Calif., and their five children, Karen, Tracy, Lori, Sonia and Debbie, as well as great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Lois, Sue, Virginia, Eddie, Charlotte, Billie, Peggy Cornett, Mike and Connie Crumley and Jack Nance.


She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Minnie Belle Stevens of Hampton, Tenn.; her husband, Fred L. Nance of Elizabethton; her husband, Louis Reichenbach of Selinsgrove, Pa.; her sister, Pearl Collins and husband Fletcher of Elizabethton; her sister, Beth Winters and husband Will of Hampton; and her sister, Ruth Crumley and husband Bufford of Pensacola, Fla. She was also preceded in death by members of her late husband, Fred Nance’s family, her mother and father-in-law, Anna Belle and James Fredrick Nance of Newland, N.C.; Earl Nance and wife Vaughn; Ed Nance and wife Mamie; Lawrence Nance, Dayton Nance, Ethel and James Cornett; Marie Cornett; Jim, Bobby and Martha Nance, all of whom she was very fond of. Two of her very special friends, Leona Fineout Knapp and Cora York, also preceded her in death.


Funeral services for Mrs. Nance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8, at the Tetrick Funeral Home Chapel, 211 N. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton. Graveside services will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guestbook or by fax to (423) 542-9499.


Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Nance family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.


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