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Nancy Anderson Petrich

August 19, 1939 - February 4, 2023

Nancy Gayle Anderson Petrich, 83, of Lynchburg, VA was born on August 19, 1939 in Lynchburg, VA and passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023. She will be missed dearly by family, friends, neighbors, and all who had met her.

She was married to the late Raymond George Petrich of Lynchburg, VA for over 37 years.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, Robert P. Anderson and Kathleen Watson Anderson Phlegar, and sister Betty Anderson Campbell and her husband Wallace Campbell.

She is survived by her son, Raymond George Petrich II and his fiancé, Diane Steele Moulton and her daughters, Courtney and Angie of Fredericksburg, Virginia; her grandson, Seth Ryan Petrich and his wife, Morgan of Powhatan, Virginia; her brother, Robert Peyton Anderson, II and his wife, Judy of Monroe, Virginia; and nieces and nephews: James, Peyton, Sara, Mark and Amy; and dearest friend and next door neighbor of many years, Gail Kowalski.

Nancy graduated from Amherst County High School and had a long and successful career in the fine jewelry industry where she focused on making her clients smile for over 35 years. But the biggest smile she received was from her future husband Raymond whom she met while on a plane flying to New York for one of her jewelry buying trips which lead to over 37 years of marriage.

She was a long standing member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and current member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynchburg, VA.

Nancy was a Board member of the Lynchburg Broadway Theater League where plays were always sold out during her tenure. She also was a volunteer for the local Meals on Wheels and was a former member of the Ragged Robin Garden Club. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and wore her red lipstick and matching nail polish with pride at every event.

She found immense joy in every aspect of life. Her love for animals led her to adopt her cats Minnie and Pearl and current feline friends Bella and Stella. She found great pleasure in watching her son and grandson flying down the slopes at their Massanutten timeshare which she and her husband invested in for over 50 years. Nancy thoroughly enjoyed her brother Robert’s cooking; he made the most amazing meals for her which she loved to share with neighbors and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynchburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lynchburg Humane Society or Meals on Wheels.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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I was blessed to get to know Nancy, first through her incredible mother (who was a member of Monroe United Methodist Church where I served as pastor from 2007 to 2016), and then by stopping by frequently to chat with Nancy while she was working at Macy’s. Unfortunately, after Macy’s closed, I no longer got to chat with her. I really missed being able to converse with her after the store closed. Most every chat included laughter and words of appreciation. Occasionally, Nancy would break away from her church to worship with us at Monroe UMC. She always had words of affirmation and encouragement for me. Nancy really helped me to be a better pastor for her mother because she gave me insights into her mother that I would not have had otherwise. I am so glad that I had the blessing of getting to know Nancy. Thanks be to God fir her life and witness fir Christ!

Posted by George Riggins on February 10, 2023

I worked at Macys in Clinique. Nancy was an inspiration of love and cheer. She was always a happy and upbeat person. She was a blessing to me and my sisters

Posted by Dorothy Linder on February 10, 2023

Nancy was such a sweetheart, She helped me for years select nice pieces of jewelry. It was nice to see her smile and how she always made Christmas shopping a treat. She will be sorely missed.Blessings to her family.

Posted by HAROLD TIPTN on February 10, 2023

“My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family’s loss at this sad time. May your happy memories bring you comfort.”

Posted by Anthony G. Moshonas on February 9, 2023

“My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family’s loss at this sad time. May your happy memories bring you comfort.”

Posted by Anthony G. Moshonas on February 9, 2023

I grew up on Willow Lawn Dr with this wonderful lady. I remember always wanting 2 stop by the jewelry dept when I was shopping with my mom at the mall 2 see if she was working and give her a hug🥰 I also remember celebrating her B’day a few times and going 2 lunch as a teenager because my b’day is also in Aug. Recently, my brother and I stopped in 2 visit with her and I am so thankful 4 this memory! She was the same loving, positive, stylish, and funny lady she has always been!! I wish I could make the funeral Raymond and see u but please know my 🙏🏻r with u and congrats on ur engagement🎊

Posted by Rebecca Park Pascale on February 9, 2023

I am so sorry for your loss. My mother, Janet Wright, sold jewelry with Nancy at Macy's. They enjoyed the retail world of serving their customers. I know they are looking good and laughing in Heaven. Find comfort in your memories of a grand lady.

Posted by Anonymous on February 9, 2023

So sad and sorry for the family's loss. Over the 30 plus years I've known Nancy to be the best mentor, friend and confidante. All that ever met Nancy left with a positive outlook about life or the special occasion she had advised them about. I'm thankful for knowing your Mother and will cherish her memory as long as I live.

Posted by Brenda Tanner on February 8, 2023

Raymond, we are so sorry for your loss! We did not know your mother, but if she raised you then she must have been a wonderful, remarkable woman! We are thinking of you and your family. Love, The Powells.

Posted by Lori & Mike on February 8, 2023

Nancy and I worked together for thirty-seven years at Thalhimers, Hechts and Macys. We frequently went to lunch together until COVID, but texted or called almost every day. Nancy loved peaches and I always made her a peach cobbler for her birthday. She was a dear friend and I will sorely miss her.

Posted by Evelyn Moody on February 7, 2023

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