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Nancy Lee Alexander Church, "Nana," 96, of North Wilkesboro, widow of John Robert Church passed away Monday, August 27, 2018, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in North Wilkesboro. She was born in Matthews, N.C., on March 21, 1922; Mrs. Church was the daughter of Neilly Orman Alexander and Hattie Smith Alexander.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Church; four brothers, Glenn, David, Franklin, and Ralph; three sisters, Mary Neil, Ruth, and Doris.
Mrs. Church is survived by her daughter, Dr. Karolen Church Bowman and her favorite son-in-law, Dr. J. Thomas Bowman of North Wilkesboro; grandchildren, Dr. John Daniel Bowman and wife Ruhi of Highland Park, Illinois; Dr. David Neil Bowman and wife Mandy Jones of Wake Forest, N.C.; Paul Thomas Bowman of Asheville, N.C.; and Kathren Lee Lundy and husband Nathan of North Wilkesboro; great grandchildren Deborah, Abigail, and Elijah Bowman, and Flynn Lundy.
Mrs. Church attended high school in Matthews, and graduated with a degree in Home Economics from Woman's College (Now UNC-G) in Greensboro and received her Master's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For a while she taught Home Decorative Arts at Bowling Green College in Kentucky.
While teaching high school in Haw River, N.C., she met John Robert Church from North Wilkesboro who was then working for Melville Dairy. The folks she was living with arranged a dinner that included Nancy and John Robert. After that dinner, she would say with a smile, they went for a walk, and the rest is history. While they were seeing each other, John Robert went into the Army in 1943; was in the Second Wave of the invasion against German forces in occupied France at Normandy, was wounded and received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. After he returned home from World War II, they were married on Oct. 25, 1947 and returned to North Wilkesboro where she became a homemaker. Clearly, she was a strong woman behind a successful man. John Robert Church passed away in Feb. of 1981.
Mrs. Church loved to sew and make quilts and was widely recognized for being instrumental in the growth of Home Demonstration Clubs in this area. An excellent cook, she was known for her lemon pound cakes and chocolate cakes--which she always said weren't quite up to par--but she was the only person ever who said that.
A lifelong Presbyterian, and a faithful member of the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian congregation, Mrs. Church was very active in the Children's Program, Sunday School, Bible School, she was the Youth Group leader, and a member of the Women's Circle. In fact, in 1965 she was elected as the first female Deacon in the North Wilkesboro church.
Burial services will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Mountlawn Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro. Everyone is invited to attend. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church on E Street in North Wilkesboro. The family will greet friends beginning at 10 a.m., with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Dr. Susan Moorefield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation c/o Allison Phillips PO Box 120 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 or the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church Building Fund 804 E Street North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
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Mountlawn Memorial Park

196 Fan Key Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church

804 E Main Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Wilkes Community College Endowment Corp. c/o Allison Phillips

PO Box 120
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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