In memory of
Nancy S. Nation
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In memory of
Nancy S. Nation
An angel has been called home with the passing of our dearly loved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Nancy Shepard Nation, 75, of Avon, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 8th, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Shoemaker, California to Mary Elizabeth (Beach) Shepard and Jean Edward "Red" Shepard, she was the middle child of five and balancing force to her siblings and their spouses, Jean E. 'Kip' Shepard (Barbara), Charles 'Tim' Shepard (Carol 'Sue'), Anne King (Staff) and Elizabeth 'Boo' Quenneville (Joel). She spent 60 years devoted to the love of her life, Craig, whom accepted her marriage proposal after courting while at the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School . She attributed her happy marriage to thinking before you speak and sharing your true feelings, but in a kind way. She shared her thoughts without reservation to her three children and their significant others, Amy Hankard (Peter), Elizabeth Zieky (Jon), Craig Douglas (Rebecca) and their families. As she joins her parents and grandson, Connor, Grammy leaves Amy(Kyle), Molly(Alex), Sam, and Destany Hankard, Jake, Alex, and Chase Zieky, Brad Nation, her great granddaughter Aliyah, as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews, and countless friends to live as we were all intended; "Be true to yourself. In your own unique ways, try your very best to make the world a better place." Nancy was evidence that there are, in fact, angels among us. She believed love was a conscious act and gave her love easily and with great intention. To say she was active in her community does not begin to exemplify the life she lived and the example she set for all who knew her. Nancy was a dedicated member of PEO for the philanthropic advancement of women to reach their greatest potential and a driving force and the lifeblood of West Avon Congregational Church as a founding member and head of the Youth Activity Council for over 20 years. She initiated Safe Rides of Avon, mission trips to Appalachia, and countless contributions to Gifts of Love. If you needed 300 pencil boxes for underprivileged children, Thanksgiving dinner served to families in Hartford, animals to show up in church for the live nativity Christmas Eve services, Nancy would get it done. She visited homebound seniors unable to attend church services, and used her LPN certification to provide convalescent care to those in need. As one of the first women accepted into the Avon/Canton Rotary, she was honored with many awards, such as the Paul Harris Award and Volunteer of the Year award for the Avon Chamber of Commerce. She accepted these honors in the hopes that it would encourage others to get involved in their community. Nancy had such a clear purpose and it would be impossible to truly capture the extent to which she served others. But we know. We all know, because she touched so many of our lives in meaningful and significant ways. A woman of warmth and selfless love of others, Nancy was guided by her faith, which motivated her to be grateful, kind, loving, forgiving and encouraging to all. "I have loved and been loved; is there anything greater?" Nancy's faith was a reminder of how unique we all are and to truly appreciate that we are not all the same. Our greatest gift to the world is to be true to ourselves, to be who we were intended to be, and in our own special ways try to make the world a better place. Her family will receive friends Wednesday, November 13th from 4-7pm at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, November 14th at 11am at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon. In true Nancy fashion, she has requested that in lieu of flowers, those who loved her perform a year of random acts of kindness. Not a single act, a year. Her greatest gift to us in her passing, was the example she set in the way she lived. Should you feel compelled to give, the Connor Scott Zieky Foundation, Avon/Canton Rotary, and Gifts of Love were all close to Nancy's heart. But really, the random acts of kindness trump them all… Jesus loves you, Nancy, this we know, for the Bible tells us so. For directions or condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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In memory of
Nancy S. Nation
An angel has been called home with the passing of our dearly loved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Nancy Shepard Nation, 75, of Avon, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 8th, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Shoemaker, California to Mary Elizabeth (Beach) Shepard and Jean Edward "Red" Shepard, she was the middle child of five and balancing force to her siblings and their spouses, Jean E. 'Kip' Shepard (Barbara), Charles 'Tim' Shepard (Carol 'Sue'), Anne King (Staff) and Elizabeth 'Boo' Quenneville (Joel). She spent 60 years devoted to the love of her life, Craig, whom accepted her marriage proposal after courting while at the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School . She attributed her happy marriage to thinking before you speak and sharing your true feelings, but in a kind way. She shared her thoughts without reservation to her three children and their significant others, Amy Hankard (Peter), Elizabeth Zieky (Jon), Craig Douglas (Rebecca) and their families. As she joins her parents and grandson, Connor, Grammy leaves Amy(Kyle), Molly(Alex), Sam, and Destany Hankard, Jake, Alex, and Chase Zieky, Brad Nation, her great granddaughter Aliyah, as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews, and countless friends to live as we were all intended; "Be true to yourself. In your own unique ways, try your very best to make the world a better place." Nancy was evidence that there are, in fact, angels among us. She believed love was a conscious act and gave her love easily and with great intention. To say she was active in her community does not begin to exemplify the life she lived and the example she set for all who knew her. Nancy was a dedicated member of PEO for the philanthropic advancement of women to reach their greatest potential and a driving force and the lifeblood of West Avon Congregational Church as a founding member and head of the Youth Activity Council for over 20 years. She initiated Safe Rides of Avon, mission trips to Appalachia, and countless contributions to Gifts of Love. If you needed 300 pencil boxes for underprivileged children, Thanksgiving dinner served to families in Hartford, animals to show up in church for the live nativity Christmas Eve services, Nancy would get it done. She visited homebound seniors unable to attend church services, and used her LPN certification to provide convalescent care to those in need. As one of the first women accepted into the Avon/Canton Rotary, she was honored with many awards, such as the Paul Harris Award and Volunteer of the Year award for the Avon Chamber of Commerce. She accepted these honors in the hopes that it would encourage others to get involved in their community. Nancy had such a clear purpose and it would be impossible to truly capture the extent to which she served others. But we know. We all know, because she touched so many of our lives in meaningful and significant ways. A woman of warmth and selfless love of others, Nancy was guided by her faith, which motivated her to be grateful, kind, loving, forgiving and encouraging to all. "I have loved and been loved; is there anything greater?" Nancy's faith was a reminder of how unique we all are and to truly appreciate that we are not all the same. Our greatest gift to the world is to be true to ourselves, to be who we were intended to be, and in our own special ways try to make the world a better place. Her family will receive friends Wednesday, November 13th from 4-7pm at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, November 14th at 11am at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon. In true Nancy fashion, she has requested that in lieu of flowers, those who loved her perform a year of random acts of kindness. Not a single act, a year. Her greatest gift to us in her passing, was the example she set in the way she lived. Should you feel compelled to give, the Connor Scott Zieky Foundation, Avon/Canton Rotary, and Gifts of Love were all close to Nancy's heart. But really, the random acts of kindness trump them all… Jesus loves you, Nancy, this we know, for the Bible tells us so. For directions or condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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