VANDYKE, Nancy Jean Nancy Jean VanDyke, 73, of Twin City entered into eternal rest on February 20, 2017, due to pancreatic cancer. She died at home, as was her wish. A Celebration of Life service for Nancy was held February 27, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Swainsboro, GA, with the Rev. Sonia Sullivan-Clifton celebrating. Nancy was born in Worcester, MA on June 29, 1943. After an early polio diagnosis, and the associated treatment, she decided to dedicate her life to helping others. After graduating from North High, she attended Simmons College (Boston) and earned her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, she married Jack Hayes (now deceased) and moved to upstate New York, then to Aiken, SC where she worked at Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center. After a divorce, she moved with her two children to Atlanta and earned an M.S. in Health Services Management from Georgia State University. She then spent 13 years in the Gwinnett Hospital System as Director of Rehabilitation Services. In 1984, she was diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), and eventually retired on disability in 1997. In 2000, she moved to Twin City, GA with her life partner and now spouse, Judy McVey. They were together for 34 years. Nancy was active in her church life in Atlanta, and was a founding member of two churches and served as treasurer and board member for several others. She became a certified Spiritual Director through the Diocese of Atlanta (Episcopal), and after moving to Emanuel County she became an active member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Swainsboro. She was a founding member and first co-coordinator for Integrity Georgia through the Diocese of Georgia and was a graduate of the Education for Ministry (EfM) program offered through the University of the South. She did spiritual direction for several years before her disability severely limited her activities. Nancy was also a lifetime member and held leadership positions for years in the American Physical Therapy Association and was on the first Board of Directors for the Atlanta Post-Polio Association. Survivors include: her spouse, Judy McVey of Twin City; one son, Jonathan (Sadie Downen) Hayes of Lawrenceville; one daughter, Dianne Hayes (Bill) Doss of Alpharetta; two grandchildren, Dan Doss and Jenny Doss of Alpharetta; one brother, Richard (JoAnn) VanDyke of Millbury, MA; and cousins and extended family members. She is also deeply missed by her many beloved friends. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, PO Box 74, Swainsboro, Georgia 30471.
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