Nancy Ann Hornback
Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory - East Wichita
Wichita, KS
Hornback, Nancy Ann, a beloved wife and mother and a woman of true dignity and grace, passed away in her home at the age of 75, surrounded by loved ones, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday, June 15, 2012, at exactly noon. Nancy was born August 5, 1936, in El Centro CA, to Arles Andrews Adams and Jean Stewart Adams, the third of five children: Tony, Jack, Patsy, Eileen and Kate. On January 31, 1959, she was wed to Terry Rodes Hornback, who was her dearest for 53 years of marriage. They were married by Bishop C. F. Buddy at St. Patrick's in San Diego, CA. She went to the University of San Diego, College for Women, where she received her BA and WSU, where she received her MA. She was a dedicated housewife, the mother of 7 and was an avid quilter and quilt historian (she authored 2 books). She loved music, especially the piano and genealogy. She is survived by Terry, her husband, 4 siblings, 7 kids, 21 grandkids and 3 great-grandkids. She was preceded in death by her brother, Tony. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, June 16, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Nancy was a woman of elegance, yet profound simplicity, who made us all know we are deeply loved. Memorials have been established with Carmelite Monks Immaculate Heart of Mary, P.O. Box 2747, Cody, WY, 82414, Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 9300 Agnew Rd., Valparaiso, NE, 68065 and Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 430 Monastery Rd, Elysburg, PA, 17824. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Tributes may be sent to the family via

Published by Wichita Eagle from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2012.
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I just came across the newspaper notice of Nancy's death and was reminded of how much I enjoyed having known her. We were in a Book Club together for 10 years. She was an inspiration in her creativity and love of learning. I was not able to attend her services but want her children and grandchildren to know that they were always foremost in her thoughts in the midst of her many activities. You were very blessed.
Loretta Phares
March 22, 2013
I knew Nancy through the quilt guild several years ago. She was a delightful person to work with. We travelled together a few times, and I always enjoyed the time I spent with her. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Kathy Fisher
July 16, 2012
Would Nancy's daughter Liz please contact me. I'd like to share with the family the wonderful comments and remembrances posted on Facebook and that I received privately in e-mail. They will surely warm your heart as they did mine.
Wilene Smith
June 25, 2012
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Burness Bailey/Moffitt
June 21, 2012
To Dave and the rest of the Hornback family, I am sorry for your loss. The house on Circle Drive was so full of life when I was growing up, but there was always room for one more. Thank you, Nancy.
Paul Sevart
June 17, 2012
I met Nancy back in the 1960s in La Leche League. What a wonderful role model she was for motherhood! Also, my late husband Dale, worked with Nancy's husband Terry, so I was able to keep up with their family's news. My sincere sympathies go out to Terry and all the children and grandchildren. Your wife and mother was something truly special! May God bless and comfort you all.
Dagni Anders
June 17, 2012
Dear Hornback family -- Nancy was an inspiration to me. I admired her energy and enthusiasm for everything she was involved in and I have warm memories of her hospitality at your beautiful home. Her wonderful kids are a testament to what an amazing woman she was and I will always hold her memory close to my heart. I have a beautiful quilt that she stitched and will continue to talk about the great woman who made it whenever I show it off to friends. Love and peace to you as you live out her legacy, holding your faith close and exemplifying the wonderful family values she instilled in you.
Paula Daniel-Steinbacher
Paula Daniel-Steinbacher
June 17, 2012
A wonderfully caring woman and a dear quilt historian friend. You were greatly missed the last few years at our research conferences. You set such an incredible example of how to endure physical adversity with graciousness and dignity. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Karen Alexander, Lopez Island, WA
Karen Alexander
June 17, 2012
the Hornback family is in our thoughts and prayers...Your mom was a wonderful person.
Love, The McDonoughs.... Kathy, Larry, MaryAnne and Mark
maryAnne McDonough
June 16, 2012
Dearest Kate,

My deepest sympathy to you and for your family at the loss of your sister, Nancy. My prayers are for you as Nancy is in a better place now.


Joyce Miller
June 16, 2012
Sincere sympathy for your loss. My mother, Mary Deighan Madden, knew Nancy and Patsy at the San Diego College for Women, and I got to know Kate and Patsy at the Convent of the Sacred Heart. Therese Madden Rose
Therese Rose
June 16, 2012
Nancy was an inspiration and a wonderful person. Her hard battle is over and now she can rest in peace and quilt again in glory. Thank you for helping start Quilt Guild. Memories abound.
JM Neuroth
June 16, 2012
I've lost my hero, but I'll never forget everything you taught me, Mom.
Patrick Hornback
June 16, 2012
My love, thoughts and prayers are with the Hornbacks today. Many, many good memories of the Hornback homestead in College Hill. Your Mom is a wonderful woman. Love you guys.
Tania Wisner
June 16, 2012
That we -- everyone in the quilt world and beyond -- will miss her is the understatement of all time! She was my quilt and genealogy research friend. Long before the Internet and Ancestry, we often went to Kansas City, MO, to the National Archives branch to read census film, then to the #3 genealogy library in the country in Independence, MO, for more research after NARA closed for the day. It's not fair. IT'S NOT FAIR that GOOD PEOPLE have to suffer so at the end of life. It's simply NOT FAIR!!!!! Nancy did so much good, and always did anything she could for others. Her life seemed to be dedicated to everyone else and was a roll model for us all. She put me to shame, always! I opened the first quilt shop in Wichita in 1978. I didn't know this until years later but she was my best promoter at the time. The very first lecture of sorts that I was asked to do was for a local antique collectors club. It met that night in the home of one of Wichita's estate sale people and Nancy "just happened" to be there, too. It was comforting to see a familiar face, but why she was there, she didn't reveal to me until years later, that she was the one responsible for my being there. A remarkable, remarkable woman. The world is a much poorer place now without her presence. My deepest, sincerest condolences to Terry, Liz, Ann, their brothers, and all of Nancy's family.
Wilene Smith
June 16, 2012
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