LAKELAND - Nancy Louise Graham Jump, 54, Lakeland, passed away Monday surrounded by family and friends after a year-long battle with Breast Cancer.
Nancy was born in Flint, MI, on Dec. 1, 1958, and moved shortly thereafter to Lakeland, where she lived the rest of her life. She graduated from Lakeland High School.
She was a true Southern Matron, living a life of class and dignity, and finding the good in everyone she met. She was a powerful woman, lending a nurturing heart and hand to numerous causes and charities. She was also an advocate for persons with mental illness and those with intellectual disabilities. She was a past president of "Paint Your Heart Out" in Lakeland and was actively involved in and numerous cancer charities, most notably the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, where she participated in the Boston walk this past May.
She was a lover of all animals, especially her precious cats. She loved her nieces and nephews and took delight in their laughter. Nancy was an accomplished artist, having a passion for designing custom jewelry. She loved her "bling."
She had been an employee of The (Lakeland) Ledger for more than 30 years and Saxotech Inc. the past two years as a project manager. She loved her work, but loved the people she worked with more.
She was a mentor to countless co-workers in her position at The Ledger and traveled throughout The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group training and teaching fellow employees.
Nancy was an avid outdoors enthusiast who loved to have her toes in the sand, watch the birds and enjoy fishing. She loved spending time at the beach with her sister, Barbara, and numerous friends. She was enthralled by airplanes, and the annual Lakeland fly-in was a must-attend event.
She is survived by her best friend and husband, Mark R. Jump, Lakeland, who she had shared her life with for more than 15 years and was married to for more than 11 years.
Surviving are two sisters, Barbara Graham, Lakeland, and Anne Graham, Wauchula, FL; brother, Timothy Graham Sr., Lakeland, stepchildren, Kira Kimmel and Kyle Jump, Indianapolis, IN; two step-grandchildren, eight nieces and nephews and six great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas L. Graham Sr.; mother, Nancy A. Graham; and brother Thomas (Tommy) Graham Jr.
A Celebration of her Life will be conducted on Oct. 5th at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL. Her body will be interred next to her parents at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Avon Cancer Crusade, the and .


Published in Ledger from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2013