Nancy Ann Stevenson Wolf Jones, 69, entered the arms of Jesus surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, May 16th, 2022 at St. Vincent Medical Center. She was born on Friday, October 17th, 1952, at White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father James Keith Stevenson, Sr., her mother, Marjorie Rice Stevenson, and her brother James Keith Stevenson, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Mark) French and son, David (Rachel) Jones. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Ethan, Christian, and Sarah French & Wyatt and Carson Jones, who all affectionately call her “Nanna”. She is also survived by her sister-in law, Ava Stevenson; her nephew, James Keith (Brittany) Stevenson III and his 7 children. She had previously been married to Gregory Wolf, deceased, and David Jones, Sr.
Nancy was extremely appreciative of her family, friends, and the loving care of the staff at Northcrest Nursing Home, Henry County Hospital, and St. Vincent Medical Center.
Nancy grew up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Framingham, Massachusetts; Louisville, Kentucky; and Columbus, Ohio before making her final home in Napoleon, Ohio.
Nancy graduated from Whetstone High School in 1970 and she was a very active member of her high school band, playing her beloved flute. She enjoyed music, won numerous flute awards while in high school, and was invited to try out for the Columbus Symphony by the conductor, but ultimately chose to attend college. She attended Rio Grande College, Ohio Dominican College, and Columbus State Community College. Nancy enjoyed a variety of classes in college but found a love for American Sign Language.
Nancy’s education and occupational history was diverse and well-rounded as she worked hard to support her family. During college, she was a certified phlebotomist and later a nurse’s aide. Nancy chose a career in law enforcement, graduating from the Reynoldsburg Police Academy’s Ohio Peace Officer Training Program and Basic Law Officer Enforcement Training in 1981. Nancy started her career in law enforcement with the Plain Township Police Department and ended her law enforcement career with Ohio Dominican College. During her law enforcement career, she attended numerous training classes and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief. Nancy left law enforcement in 1997 to focus on her family. Later in life, she became a telecommunicator for Teleperformance in Columbus where she helped guide tourists through the Buckeye State.
Nancy had a passion for photography and won numerous awards at the Henry County Fair. She also loved playing Bingo, Scrabble, and cards. She enjoyed painting, cross-stitch, crocheting, and gardening. She enjoyed traveling to Florida, New England, Kentucky, and Niagara Falls. Her favorite place to escape to was fondly known as the family “Zanesville Retreat.” But, there was also special place in her heart for the beach. She loved sticking her toes in the sand and water, while collecting shells from the beaches she visited.
Nancy loved animals and was especially fond of her past cats: Misty, Kit-Kit, and Panther; and past dogs: Tommy, Barney, and Chip. During her time at Northcrest Nursing Home, a local squirrel named Fred frequently visited her window and requested feeding!
Nancy had an enormous heart full of love for others and was often seen lifting others up and greeting anyone she met. Nancy was a strong believer in Christ, and she found great comfort in her faith. She lived with a deep love for others, and her life was a living example of one of her favorite Bible verses: Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” She believed in the power of the unseen and loved to collect angel figurines.
Her greatest accomplishment, in her own words, was “her children.” Nancy always believed in the power of love and ended every note to her children, “XOXOXO...E!” which meant “kisses and hugs to eternity.” We love you, will miss you, and look forward to seeing you again…XOXOXO…E!
Please join us celebrating her life on Saturday May 21, 2022. Services will begin at the Napoleon Church of the Nazarene located at 630 Appian Ave, Napoleon, OH 43545, with visitation from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Following the memorial service will be a light reception to celebrate Nancy’s life at the French household, as Nancy requested a party with joy. It is suggested that visitors to the open house party bring lawn chairs to ensure adequate seating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Nancy Jones, to the Napoleon Church of the Nazarene (https://napnaz.churchcenter.com/giving) or the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio.
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