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Nancy P. Horton

February 28, 1947 - June 5, 2022

Nancy Horton of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia passed away June 5, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. She grew up near Fairfield, California on her family’s ranch. Her parents, Wes and Doris Pangburn and her sister Susan Blake preceded in passing.

Following high school, Nancy attended California State University in Chico, California, where she met and married John. June 8 would have been their 54-year wedding anniversary. John’s Navy career took Nancy to various duty stations along the east coast where she learned to do fun things like shovel snow in Brunswick, Maine, and then back and forth across the country several times to California, and the Washington, DC area. She managed each move with finesse.

Nancy was devoted to her daughters, Christy Horton and Kim Adams and adored her granddaughters Carly and Allison Adams. Son-in-law Jared was another one of her favorites. She handled the rigors of being a Navy wife with poise and determination including the many times when her husband was deployed overseas. Raising Christy with her special needs made Nancy fully qualified for sainthood.

Life after the Navy found Nancy as the chief financial officer of a family business where she tracked and squeezed every penny precisely. Following retirement, the family relocated to Smith Mountain Lake where she was involved in several activities. She volunteered at the Discovery Shop in support of the American Cancer Society and SML Good Neighbors. Nancy was particularly proud of the scholarship fund she established at Good Neighbors. The She Doo’s jet-ski club, with their weekly rides and events, was another fun activity she enjoyed. She was also a consummate shopper who loved finding incredible bargains.

Nancy was a social creature who made friends easily and was always ready for having fun. She refused to be stressed. She developed life-long friends early in her childhood and those friends as well as her many SML friends provided key support and good cheer throughout her 18-year battle with cancer.

A celebration of life will be held July 16, 2022, at Patmos Church Fellowship Hall in Huddleston, VA at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SML Good Neighbors Nancy Horton Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2, Moneta, Virginia 24121. Online condolences may be made at www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

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John, the news of Nancy’s death brought both shock and a flood of fine memories. The support that you and Nancy brought to me and Mary Ann as we grew our business was so appreciated. I’m sure you will find that your saint of a partner of over 50 years will continue to be with you as mine has mysteriously continued to be a companion to me.

Posted by Dave Young on July 13, 2022

Holly andI we’re so lucky to travel on several business trips with Nancy. We both always said she is the happiest person we ever met. That big bright smile and always a laughing hello is the first thing we will always remember. She lit up every room and attracted all that were near. I remember once walking into her office and with a big smile and a laugh when I asked her how she was doing her response was , I am having the wort day of my life. We will always be touched that we knew you Nancy and than you for allowing us into your life Love Holly and John

Posted by John & Holly Flynn on July 5, 2022

Holly andI we’re so lucky to travel on several business trips with Nancy. We both always said she is the happiest person we ever met. That big bright smile and always a laughing hello is the first thing we will always remember. She lit up every room and attracted all that were near. I remember once walking into her office and with a big smile and a laugh when I asked her how she was doing her response was , I am having the wort day of my life. We will always be touched that we knew you Nancy and than you for allowing us into your life Love Holly and John

Posted by John & Holly Flynn on July 5, 2022

Nancy P., Nancy A., Joanne and I have been close lifelong friends since childhood. Nancy always had a quick smile and laugh. In grammar schools, she was a good student, majorette in front of the band, in school chorus, great at tetherball, a quick runner and loved to dance. In high school, Nancy and I spent lots of good times together in band, sports and even the classrooms. We could talk endlessly on the phone, even after having spent much of the school day together. During the summers, we cut fruit on Nancy's dad's ranch. We would eat our lunch under a tree and talk about joining the Army (that's where the boys were) and being Olympic runners (none of which we did!) We went to different colleges, but remained close. Nancy was a saver of memorabilia. She recently sent me a bunch of letters and notes that I had written to her in high school and college. What a hoot those were. We married, had kids and also shared the joys and challenges of having a special needs child, her Christy and my Matt. Nancy never missed a high school class reunion or a chance for a visit. She had a very full and happy life with first, her parents and sister, Susan, and with John, Christy and Kim and later, her granddaughters, also. Nancy will be buried near her parents and sister in our beautiful rural cemetery just minutes away from where we were raised. I'll get to visit often. Nancy will always be in our heart and her light will shine forever. Allison

Posted by Allison Ellsworth Nicholson on July 4, 2022

Nancy, Sue Prall, and I were college roommates our Sophomore year at Chico. We lived at Craig Hall and all put up with the “mystery meat” Sunday dinners. What a great roomie she was. I remember her as having a great sense of humor and even being a little mischievous. It sounds like Nancy had a wonderful life filled with a loving family and friends. My thoughts are with her family.

Posted by Carole Poertner on July 1, 2022

Nancy at the helm on the Rappahannock River threading the needle under the center span of the Route 3 Bridge.

Posted by Russell & Nadine Duke on June 26, 2022

Deepest condolences. Nancy was a gem. Truly, Nancy was one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever met. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Missy Buck on June 13, 2022

As one of our neighborhood we will miss your smiling face and laughter at our neighborhood gatherings .Also" Oreo "will miss greeting you when you walk by.Rest in peace.

Posted by Susan Hohenbrink on June 13, 2022

It has been a pleasure to know Nancy through the years, starting when we were new Navy wives with young children. I remember fun times visiting in each other's homes and making crafts to sell at bazaars to benefit charities. I am so impressed that she continued her interest in charity work in later years, as well! I remember being impressed by Nancy, as a young Mom, too. We both had to handle our kids alone, when our husbands were out to sea or on deployment for up to six or even eight months at a time during the war in Viet Nam. It could be a challenge to handle a strong-willed child, without a Daddy around for backup, but I never saw Nancy lose her patience or her sense of humor. She was a super Mom! After our Navy years, when John and Nancy had a vacation home at Lake Anna, my husband and I enjoyed dropping in on them, motoring up to their dock on our boat or jet skis, often unannounced. We were always welcomed warmly, because Nancy was always a gracious hostess and sweet friend. We cannot think of her, without picturing her beautiful smile. No doubt if Heaven were not already a good place, Nancy would make it so, with her cheerful disposition! We feel grateful and blessed to have known her and pray for the Lord's comfort to her family and friends, who are grieving her passing. She was so strong for so long, and a brave example to us all! With our love and respect, Nadine and Russ Duke

Posted by Nadine Duke on June 10, 2022

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