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Nancy Louise Wakeman

Memphis, TN

Nancy Louise Wakeman (Mrs. Orin Lee Wakeman) passed away in the Lord's hands on January 10, 2017. She was born on June 16, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Helen Dix Wright and Kenneth Melvin Wright. She was welcomed into God's family by baptism on September 28, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Orin Lee Wakeman Jr., as well as by her parents and her only sister, Janet Devine.

Nancy graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She was a journalist and was a founding editor of the American Women's Club Courier (Geneva, Switzerland). She was also a contributor to the Mid-South Senior (MIFA) and the Church News (Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.) She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, her PEO chapter, and an active volunteer at Trezevant Episcopal Home where she resided for over 20 years. She served the Calvary Church library and in several other volunteer positions in Memphis.

She is survived by her three children: Martha Erickson of Madison, Wisconsin, Keith (Mary) Wakeman of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Carol Simmons of Germantown, Tennessee. She is also survived by seven grandchildren (Alex Carr, Aaron (Cora) Wakeman, Andrew (Autumn) Wakeman, Rachel (John) Kamin, Allyson Wakeman, Chris Fulk, and Amanda Simmons) and four great-grandchildren.

Nancy was a person of faith in Jesus Christ her Savior, and shares with Him her promised home in heaven.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 20th at St. Edward Chapel at Trezevant Manor, with a reception to follow. Her ashes will be interred in the Columbarium of Calvary Church.

Instead of the gift of flowers, memorials may be sent to Calvary Church, Trezevant Manor Foundation, Bridges of Memphis, or to the .

The family is grateful for the loving and caring staff at the Allen Morgan Nursing Home; their dedication in these past years has sustained her both physically and spiritually.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 18, 2017
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