Thursday, January 5, 2023

Nancy Gayle Hurley Calhoun

Nancy Gayle Hurley Calhoun passed away on January 1, 2023, in Orlando, Florida, of cardiac arrest after a 20-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 5, 1942, Nancy was reared in upstate New York and the Washington, D.C. area, where she developed a great love for her country.  While attending Ohio Northern University, she met and married Jim Calhoun, the love of her life, who brought her to Mansfield, Ohio where she loved the people but struggled with the weather.  Active in her faith, garden club, drum and dance lessons, Nancy taught her five children to live with faith, humor, humility, curiosity, and service to others. Quick to laugh and bring a smile to everyone, Nancy made every encounter a joy.  She loved the beach, fresh cut flowers, shopping, all things sweet, root beer, entertaining and dressing to the nines. She was the epitome of grace and class.  Her skills and leadership in church positions inspired many and ranged from serving the children, youth and women while keeping the men on their toes.  Her creative talents extended to “Somebunny’s Baskets,” a creative company she began in the 1980’s out of her basement art studio.  Widowed young, she reared her five children in strength and dignity coupled with a lot of  love laughter. Nancy had exceptionally strong faith and gladly shared her witness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with everyone she met.  She is survived by her five children, William (Pargie) Calhoun and their three children (James, Abbie and Liza), Elizabeth (Rob) Rahter (Madeline, Colton, Bryce, Nathan and Aston), Alyssa (Tyler) Jolley (Emma, Jacob, Jack, Kacelyn, Jaycee and Kade), Holly (Christian) Walker (George, Calhoun and Ella), and Curteis (Tisha) Calhoun (Adley, Anneke, Samuel, Ezra and Truman).  A funeral will be held in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. (viewing at 10 a.m.) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3000 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL 32835.  There will be a live stream of the services at the following link A long awaited and sweet reunion, Nancy will be laid to rest in Mansfield Memorial Park next to her beloved Jim. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Snyder Funeral Home located at 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio followed by a graveside service at noon. 

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