Nancy Pressly Oates

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Nancy Pressly Oates, 77, of North Granby, beloved wife for 55 years of James Wilks Oates, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, surrounded by her family at home.

Daughter of the late Lee and Katherine (Leinweber) Pressly, she was born and raised on the family farm in Lee's Summit, Mo., and had lived in North Granby since 1962. Throughout her life, she was focused on family, caring for her husband and three sons, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a seamstress, cook, baker, and gardener, and her canning and freezing of vegetables allowed them to enjoy the harvest from her gardens year round. She was also well-known by her family and friends for her secret recipe Christmas fudge that she made each year before the holidays. In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitch, and making quilt covers. She also raised bassett hounds for many years and was active in 4H, in which she learned to show beef cattle. She later shared her farm heritage coaching 4H while living in Granby. Church was also a center of her faith-filled life. She was a longtime member of the West Granby United Methodist Church, where she served in many roles over the years. She sang in the choir, served as financial and church secretary, a member of the board of trustees, and a Sunday school teacher. As an active member of the United Methodist Women, she was instrumental in coordinating church suppers and tag sales. She worked for many years for the Granby Public Schools serving as a paraprofessional and then as a secretary in the guidance office at Granby Memorial Middle School.

Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Paul Oates, and his wife, Tracy, of South Windsor, John Oates, and his wife, Linda, of Granby, and Aaron Oates, and his wife, Diane, of East Granby; and three grandchildren whom she adored, Lauren, Elijah, and Ethan Oates. She also leaves two brothers, Laurence Pressly, and his wife, Janet, and Howard Pressly, and his wife, Shirley, all of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Doris Cooper and Shirley Brummett.

Her family will receive friends on Friday, April 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the West Granby United Methodist Church, 87 Simsbury Road, West Granby. Burial will be private in Granby Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the West Granby United Methodist Church, 87 Simsbury Road, West Granby, CT 06090; or to the McLean Development, Attn: Hospice, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.

The family is thankful for the expert and steadfast care provided by Dr. Stacy Nerenstone and her staff at the Gray Cancer Center in Avon. They are also especially thankful for the kind care provided by McLean Hospice, particularly Joni McLoughlin and Mamie Judkins. For online condolences please visit

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 22 to Apr. 26, 2014
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