Nancy was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 29, 1930, the second daughter of Carson and Yuleen Ford. The family lived in various places including Paducah, Kentucky; West Palm Beach, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; finally settling in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they remained until her father retired from Southern Bell Telephone Co. in 1966.
After high school, Nancy attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and earned a bachelor’s degree in Foods and Administration. She also earned a teaching certificate. She entered a dietetic internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduation from that she worked at the Holston Valley Community Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee, for a year. While in Cincinnati she met her future husband, Hal E. Anderson from Ellensburg, Washington. They were married in 1954 and had 57 years together. They had four children: Carol Hughes of Helena, Montana; Benton Anderson of Huson, MT; Leslie Stancliff of Petersburg, Alaska; and Patti Anderson of Clinton, MT. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Nancy accepted the Lord as her Savior as a young child and spent many hours and days serving Him in her local church. She taught Sunday school, helped to run Vacation Bible schools, and taught a ladies’ Bible study for 20 years in Frenchtown, MT. She was always in the choir or singing duets with friends at church. She sewed clothes for her children and loved to cook. In 1961 she and Hal moved to Missoula, where Hal worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over 30 years. While living in western Montana they became involved with the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission. This group sponsored a Bible camp for children where Nancy volunteered in the kitchen for many summers. She began quilting and her family members cherish the quilts she made for them over the years.
When Hal retired, they moved to Roseburg, Oregon, to be in a warmer climate. They enjoyed going to the ocean and watching for whales and Hal would hunt for agates on the beach. While in Roseburg, they attended Melrose Community Church. In October of 2010 they moved to Linus Oakes, a retirement community in Roseburg where they enjoyed the people and amenities there. Hal passed away in February of 2012. Nancy continued to stay at Linus Oakes until she went home to be with the Lord on Sunday March 2, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Nancy is survived by her four children; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; she is also survived by her sister, Gene Roark, from Jackson, Mississippi and her family. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 3 p.m., at the Melrose Community Church in Roseburg, OR. A potluck dinner will be served after the service. In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission in Missoula, MT, or to the Melrose Community Church’s new sanctuary fund in Roseburg.