Nancy Carrol Westerfield Crass, 76, joined her Heavenly family on November 24, 2013. Nancy was born in Hartford, Kentucky, on July 27, 1937, the only child of Owen and Gertrude Martin Westerfield, each of whom preceded her in death.
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Nancy graduated from Murray State University in June, 1959, with a B.S. in Home Economics. While at MSU, she was voted "Campus Favorite," and was selected to appear in the 1957-58 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and has enjoyed lifelong friendships with her sorority sisters and dormitory neighbors. Murray State was where she met her husband of 55 years, Samuel Raymond Crass.
Nancy, Sam, and their young daughters moved from Murray, Kentucky, to LaGrange, Kentucky in 1966. She continued her studies, obtaining her Masters of Education and Rank I Certification at Spalding University and the University of Louisville. Nancy spent her teaching career with the students of LaGrange Elementary School, and hoped most of all that they would become responsible citizens and community leaders. She was honored as Kentucky Education Association Teacher of the Year in 1986.
Nancy was an active member of LaGrange Christian Church, serving and teaching, and led as President of Christian Women's Fellowship.
In addition, she served as Past President of Oldham County Homemakers, and Past President of LaGrange Literary Club. She was a member of DAR, the Cardinal Garden Club, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. She volunteered at the Oldham County History Center, and Nancy and Sam were counted as the first official "Friends of the Museum."
Her dearest associations were with her fellow members of Project Guild of LaGrange, where she leant her talents for nearly 45 years in service to her community. She was honored as the founder of Oldham County Day, which began in 1971, basing her idea for the annual festival on her fond memories of fundraising events in Hartford to support the local fire department.
Nancy was honored as a "Woman of Distinction," at the 2012 Celebration of Women by the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development. She was also named the July 2013 Oldham County Historical Society Living Treasure.
Her hostess skills were legendary in the community, and upon retirement, she delighted most in hosting her ever-growing family. Nancy is survived by husband, Sam; daughter Karen Krill and son-in-law Chuck Krill, of Louisville; daughter Cathy Clore and son-in-law Rob Clore, of Goshen; grandchildren Casey Krill, Lara Krill, Corey Krill, Clay Krill, Caroline Krill, Dabney Clore, Mary Clore, John Clore; and great-grandchildren Andrew Krill and Madison Rose Krill.
A Funeral Service was conducted at 11a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at LaGrange Christian Church with burial in Valley of Rest Cemetery. Visitation was at the Church from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and after 10a.m. on Wednesday.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Oldham County Public Library.
Published in The Oldham Era on Nov. 28, 2013