Friday, January 9, 2015

Nancy Keppler (1924-2014)

Nancy Keppler was a long time member of Community UCC. The photo shown here was taken in the fellowship hall probably in the mid 1990s. The following is the obituary for Nancy Keppler as found at the News and Observer website.

Nancy Keppel (left) and Nancy Keppler (right)
Nancy Spangler Keppler died on December 31, 2014 of natural causes. The youngest of the four children of James Barr Spangler and Janet Watt Spangler, Nancy was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1924. She was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she met her husband-to-be, William Eugene Keppler, Jr. They married in 1944, and moved to North Carolina in 1948. After living in Asheville, NC for 11 years, Nancy and Bill moved with their two daughters to Raleigh in 1959. Widowed in 1970, Nancy continued to live in Raleigh until her move to Glenaire Retirement Community in 1997.

Nancy worked for the Division of School Food Service of the N. C. State Department of Public Instruction from 1960 until 1983. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of Equipment Specialist, which required extensive travel throughout the state. In addition to her career, Nancy was active in local leadership roles of the Girl Scouts when her daughters were young. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, hand needlework, gardening, and bridge. 

Nancy is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Dermot Kelly, of Southern Pines, N. C. and Karen and Tom Helm, of Berwyn, PA. In addition, Nancy was blessed with two grandsons, Travis Smith and Nathaniel Helm; one granddaughter, Susanna Helm Thompson; and one great-granddaughter, Aida Keppler Thompson; and various nieces and nephews.