Nancy Flake, 56, passed away Feb. 12, 2013, after a short, but valiant battle with cancer. Nancy's last weeks were spent with most of her best friends by her side helping her make her last journey. When she passed, she was in the company of her two beloved sons, Mason and Marty, and her ex-husband, John.
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Nancy was born May 10, 1956, in Bartlesville, Okla., to William Gordon and Julia Ann Roberts.
Nancy was admired in many ways. She was an excellent journalist, a loving mother and a dedicated friend to many in the community. While her passion was covering local news and the tough stories, her love was for her two sons and the wonderful friends she met along her journey. She was fiercely protective of the true loves of her life, her sons Mason and Marty. Her eyes would light up at the sight of them. The pride she felt at their accomplishments, both big and small, and the hopes for their future is what kept her strong and, in the end, gave her so much peace.
In January, Nancy was diagnosed with cancer. She fought this deadly disease with strength and courage, and a little bit of humor to ease everyone else's pain.
She had a great passion for reading, teaching herself to read at the age of 4. She also had a love of music and taught herself to play the acoustic guitar.
She pursued a journalism career while attending the University Central Oklahoma, earning a degree in that field.
Her family moved to the Conroe area in the mid-1990s, and she soon rekindled her love of reporting and writing.
In 1997, Nancy started working for The Courier as an advertorial writer for the Shop Conroe page and as a restaurant critic.
Later, she jumped at the opportunity to become a full-time news reporter and quickly made her mark. In her 15-plus years at The Courier, she served as an education reporter, city editor, digital editor and managing editor.
Nancy received numerous awards for her reporting and columns, while earning the respect of public officials, members of the community and Courier readers.
As an Oklahoma native, Nancy loved her Sooners football team, music, good wine and cooking with friends.
She will be dearly missed, but the positive impact and influence she had on the community and her family will live on.
Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Julia Ann Roberts. She is survived by her two sons, Mason Roberts Flake and Martin James Flake. She also is survived by her father, William Gordon Roberts and wife Shirley; brother, Bill Roberts Jr. and wife Jayne; sister, Carol Starrett and husband David; numerous nieces and nephews; her close friends Sherri Suhr, Darlene Schafer, Kari Yozviak and Celeste Lvon; and her extended family at The Conroe Courier.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive in The Woodlands, with the Rev. Cliff Ritter officiating. The public is invited to attend. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a
Published on yourconroenews.com from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, 2013