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Nancy Elizabeth Conn Spaugh Anderson

1918 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Nancy Elizabeth Conn Spaugh Anderson Obituary
Nancy Elizabeth Conn Spaugh Anderson, 95, departed this life Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Service: 3 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land Chapel of Chimes. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76103. Nancy was born in Fort Worth on June 1, 1918, to William Edward and Verna Lee Cain Conn. Her mother died when Nancy was 5; her father and her only sibling, brother William Edward Cain Jr., died within two years of each other while Nancy was still in school. She lived most of her early life with aunts in Fort Worth and San Antonio. In 1937, Nancy married Bob Spaugh and later traveled with him to various Army postings during World War II. After his discharge, they settled in Fort Worth where Mark, their only child, was born. Nancy worked a total of 38 years for Montgomery Ward mail order, beginning in 1936 at the Fort Worth house, and including time at Baltimore mail order house while Bob was stationed there in World War II. After retirement, she served many years as president of the Montgomery Ward Friends, an association of former employees. She firmly insisted, "Don't call it Monkey Ward's!!" and was very proud of having packed the first "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer" books in customer packages in 1939. In 1974, her husband, Bob, died, and in 1977, she married Hersal "Andy" Anderson, a friend from high school days. She was widowed again in 1988. Traveling and volunteering filled her life after retirement. She and Andy had made many trips together and later she traveled with an AARP group. She volunteered many hours at her church, Westcliff United Methodist. She also coordinated ushers for Scott Theater, "The Littlest Wiseman" and for the Fort Worth Symphony, Ballet and Opera when they were still performing in the Convention Center Theater. Other volunteer activities included participating in College for Kids at Tarrant County College, the 5K Charity Walks and the Cowtown Marathon for a number of years. She was a member of Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. The poem "Rainbow Bridge," about your pets running to meet you at the end of your life, could have been written about Nancy and her beloved dogs. They will be waiting with wagging tails to greet her. Survivors: Nancy is survived by her son, Mark Spaugh of Dallas; her cousin, Gail Longoria of Baytown; her friend, neighbor and caregiver, Carol McKechnie of Fort Worth; other cousins; and many loving friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 16, 2013
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