Mrs. Nadine Nannery Laughter

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Nadine Nanney Laughter peacefully went to be with her Lord on Friday, July 20, 2018, at a youthful 85 years of age.
Born on Sept. 30, 1932, to Amos B. and Donnis Gamble Nanney in Cliffside, N.C., she grew up in Chester, S.C., was in the 1950 graduating class of Chester High School and then attended Limestone College for two years.
After marrying the love of her life, Gene "Swink" Laughter, Nadine devoted herself to raising their four children in the Richmond area. Once a grandmother, she earned her BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1989, and then received her MA in English from VCU in 1991. Nadine was one of the first participants in the University of Richmond Women's Resource Center's Life Planning Seminar and published short stories in their TIDES Anthology. Creative writing was one of her strongest passions. She taught English Composition at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College – Parham Road Campus as an adjunct instructor from 1991-2001, and found teaching to be both exhilarating and fulfilling.
In their twilight years, Nadine and Swink returned to where they first met during college, Ocean Drive (N. Myrtle Beach) S.C., to reside. This gave them the opportunity to reminisce with old beach buddies and make memories with new friends at the OD Pavilion, where they enjoyed listening to beach music and socializing.
Nadine was predeceased by her brother, Don Nanney; her parents; a special son-in-law, Phil Summers; husband, Gene; and a close sister-in-law, Susan Laughter Meyers.
She is survived by her four children, Kimberly L. Smith of Richmond, Leslie L. Ellmore (Roger) of Roanoke, Erin L. Philpy (Brooke) of Mechanicsville and R. Bryan Laughter of Richmond; and her brother, A. Butler Nanney of Anderson, S.C. Nadine is also survived by her nine grandchildren who fondly called her "Nanney," Matthew Summers, Sara-Scott Smith Brown (Andy), Allie Smith Greene (Josh), Zachary Ellmore, Maggie Ellmore, Lawson Philpy, Camden Philpy, Olivia Laughter and Anna Laughter; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A heartfelt thank you goes to the loving staff of Pheasant Ridge Memory Center, to the caring Home Instead Caregivers as well as the staff of Carilion Clinic Hospice and South Roanoke Nursing Home for their excellent care at the end of Nadine's life's journey.
No service is planned for Nadine, but instead she would want friends and loved ones to cheerfully celebrate her life by relaxing with a good book and cup of coffee, critiquing a film, writing, dancing, singing, playing bridge, taking an aerobics class, practicing yoga, eating ice cream and/or Cheetos, holding a baby or walking on the beach.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made in Nadine's memory to the , 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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Published in The News & Reporter on July 28, 2018
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