MCSORLEY, NANCY ANN BAIRD - age 80, died peacefully at home as she wished, cared for and comforted by her family, friends, and Covenant Health Hospice. She was the daughter of the late Donald Wallace and Geraldine Townsend Baird. Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 2, 1932, the oldest of three children, Nancy learned early to live by the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." As a member of the Methodist Church, a child of God and a follower of Jesus, she truly embodied Jesus' teaching, "You should love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself." Married to the late Richard Joseph McSorley, and while raising four children, Nancy returned to nursing school, graduating at the top of her class in 1977. She and Richard retired in 1994 and joyfully embraced their new life in Norris, TN. Nancy filled her life with love and service. She was a member of Norris UMC, Norris Woman's Club, and a founding member of the "Loose Ladies", a friendship and support group for elder singles. She also volunteered as a Norris Elementary School tutor, a Norris Food Pantry worker, and was a committed supporter of the annual Clinton Physical Therapy Center's Annual Anderson County Relay for Life. Survivors include: daughters, Donna and William Draney of Norris, Cathy and Alan Moore of Lexington, KY; sons, Douglas McSorley, and Donald McSorley and Nancy Coleman; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Judy and C.A. Ridge, Jr.; and brother, Gordon and Amy Baird; many much loved cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. A graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Norris Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Nancy's Life will be held Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Norris United Methodist Church with a memorial service beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of the Golden Rule, Nancy would love that you please share an act of kindness to someone in need or give to a
. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.holleygamblefh.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on July 26, 2012