Nancy Blemly
1953 - 2015
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Nancy Carol Blemly, of Ellicott City MD, peacefully passed away into the hands of our Lord on November 3, 2015 after a valiant fight with cancer. Born in Chicago, IL on September 2, 1953 at the University of Chicago hospital, she was the oldest child of Pearl Stephania Roediger and Kenneth Howard Smith. Nancy was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Mike Blemly, son Ben Hamilton and fiancé John Turner, David Smith and wife Kay Culver, brother Jeff Shane Curren and wife Angela, sister Karen Smith and partner Jim Myers, and nephews Angelo, Samuel and Ethan Curren. She leaves behind her Aunt Marie Comiskey and cousins from Chicago, Chapin cousins in California and Smith relatives in Michigan. Growing up, Nancy and her siblings enjoyed a nomadic life due to her father's career with the U.S. Geological Survey, living in a dozen states and 19 different places, and finally settling down in Fairfax, VA when she was 14. In 1971, Nancy graduated from Herndon High School. She achieved a BA degree in astronomy from Wesleyan University, CT in 1975, and a Masters from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 1981. Nancy loved astronomy, a passion that remained with her throughout her life. After graduation she began employment with the National Security Agency, initially in technical positions and retiring as a manager in 2014. Nancy took over her Mother's passion for genealogy and kept in contact with all the relatives, both near and far. Nancy enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Annapolis Quilt Guild. She created clever quilts for her siblings and one for her mother that includes all the places that they had lived growing up. Everyone that knew Nancy, knew of her sense of humor and her great laugh, just like her Mother and Grandmothers. Her humor exhibited itself in her gift giving through funny and whimsical gifts. Nancy's sense of humor never left her personality even as cancer progressed. Nancy met her soul mate, Mike Blemly, in Hawaii at a technical conference. In their years together, she experienced tremendous joy and happiness. They continued to travel to Hawaii to explore their love of the Islands. She was the proud mother of her son Ben and hoped to celebrate her son's upcoming wedding in March. She will be missed by many. Visitation will be held at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, Ellicott City, MD on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, between 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. A memorial service will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City, MD on Monday Nov. 9, 2015 at 10:00am, followed by interment at Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Cancer Society.

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Published in Baltimore Sun from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2015.
Memorial service
10:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
Fairfax Memorial Park
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November 10, 2015
November 7, 2015
Nancy was such a nice person and friend.
I am so sorry she has past. We worked together for a couple of years, she become my Supervisor. Besides computers, we would talked about our children, quilts and sewing. She told me about meeting Mike at a a conference in Hawaii with girlish joy. Again I am sorry she has past.
My condolences to Mike, Ben and family.

Mahalo Nancy (with love) Jenny
Jenny Fleetwood
November 7, 2015
We are sending lots of love, strength, and support in the days ahead. May you be comforted by the times you shared with Nancy.
Bob & Janet Stockman
November 7, 2015
May the God of all comfort bring your family peace at this time of deep sorrow. James 4; 8.
November 7, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in God's word the Bible as you grieve.
November 7, 2015
I'm sad to know you are gone, but glad there's no more pain. Such a sweet and genuine person. I'll miss our conversations about kids and cats! It was good knowing you.
November 7, 2015
Nancy was my former supervisor. She used to enjoy coming to chat with me and my other coworkers. She would go on and on about astronomy and Neil deGrasse Tyson whom she referred to as "Neil baby". We loved to kid her about her passion for astronomy and she would just laugh. She was such a kind person that always had a smile on her face. A true gem. Sad to see hear of her passing. Rest in peace Nancy. God Bless!-- J.M.
November 6, 2015
I am very sorry for your sudden loss. I hope that you will find true comfort and endurance in the God of peace in your times of sorrow. Romans 15:33, Psalms 29:11 J.C
November 6, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the hope of seeing Nancy again in paradise.
November 6, 2015
May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 25:16,17
November 6, 2015
My condolences to Nancy's family and friends. May God strengthen you and give you peace during this difficult time (Psalm 29:11).

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