Nezzie Woody (Woody) Nisbet (1914 - 2014)

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Mrs. Nezzie Woody Ashley Nisbet, 99, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at her home.
She was born Dec. 17, 1914, the daughter of the late Nathaniel Byrk Woody and Maude Randolph Woody. She was married to Raymond Ferris Ashley.
She came to Charlotte in 1942. During her time in Charlotte, she was active in the First Methodist Church. After the passing of her husband, she later moved to Van Wyck and married the late John E. Nisbet Jr.
She was a founding member of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, a church she loved dearly, and was on the board of trustees. She served as president of the women's group and worked for many years in the youth groups. She was also kitchen hostess for several years, enjoyed singing in the choir and providing floral arrangements from her garden for the church sanctuary.
Mrs. Nisbet was active in the Lancaster County Farm Bureau Auxiliary and Red Rose Book Club, and held positions with both state and local government during her life.
Nezzie was a wonderful mother, a cherished grandmother and great-grandmother.
She loved preparing meals for her family and friends, both at home and in church, baking cakes that delighted everyone, especially her granddaughters.
She is survived by her son, Richard A. Ashley and his wife, Jane Bryant Ashley; her granddaughters, Mary Bryant Ashley and Erin Ashley Chapman; her daughter, Joanne Thomas and her children, Jeffrey Christopher Coppala, Eric Coppala and Susan Coppala; along with 14 great-grandchildren, including Sarah Lauren Jackson, her beloved caretaker.
Her husbands, Raymond F. Ashley and John E. Nisbet Jr., preceded her in death and she was the last remaining of her 10 siblings.
The family visitation is 10 a.m. today, Aug. 27, at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Van Wyck, followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Van Wyck or Hospice Community Care of Rock Hill.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at
Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory is caring for the family of Mrs. Nisbet.
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Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory
1800 Charlotte Highway  Lancaster, SC 29720
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Published in The Lancaster News on Aug. 27, 2014
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