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Jean F. Wertz Nance

1938-2012 Jean F. (Wertz) Nance, 74, of Wilmington, N.C., died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, N.C.

She was born in Pittsfield, on April 17, 1938, the daughter of the late Charles and Marian Wertz Richards. She attended Lenox Schools until 1955 when her family moved to Shelbyville, Ind., with General Electric. Jean went on to graduate from Shelbyville High School and Indiana University. Jean and her husband, Lee, retired to Wilmington in July, 1994, from Louisville, Ky., where Jean had worked as a newspaper reporter and for the state of Kentucky. Jean wrote a book an the area's filming industry, "Cinematic Wilmington: Making Movies on the Cape Fear Coast," in 2001. She also was active in Democratic Party politics, the N.C. Jazz Festival, and the local chapter of the American Humanist Association.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Wertz, and daughter-in-law Mary C. Nance.

In addition to her husband, Leland H. "Lee" Nance, of Wilmington, Jean is survived by three sons, Steve Nance (wife Ruhiyyih Henderson) of Louisville, Ky.; Allen Nance, also of Louisville; and Roger Nance (wife Ellen) of Atlanta, Ga.; Two sisters, Ethel Noonan of Lee , and Linda Warner (husband IA.) of Indianapolis, Ind.; Sister-in-law, Carolyn Wertz of Shelbyville, Ind.; Step-sister, Jean Ann Silver of Rockledge, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Jean will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Jean's name to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, 2259 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, 28401, telephone (910) 815-5002.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 15, 2012
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