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Nancy Gaffney
  • April 18, 1945
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  • July 24, 2021

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Nancy Lynn Fraser Gaffney went to her heavenly home on Saturday July 24, 2021, in her home surrounded by her family and much loved rescue dog Shana. Nancy was born April 18, 1945 in Colorado, the daughter of Marjorie Ackerman Huff and Captain James Fraser.
Growing up in a military family she moved frequently as a young child, finally settling in Michigan. She graduated from Genesee High School and began working at General Motors. Nancy raised her three children on her own in Fenton Michigan. One of her greatest joys was when she started taking aerobics classes in the 80’s and ultimately became an instructor. She continued teaching aerobics well into retirement. She had a passion for health and fitness (Don’t forget to breathe and drink lots of water!) You would constantly see Nancy carrying around a giant water bottle.
She moved to Lansing where she met and married her husband Joe. After retirement, they moved onto a golf course in McCormick, South Carolina. They both enjoyed many new friends and loved working on their golf game! Nancy became an avid bird watcher. She even set out a mealworm feast every morning on the deck for the bluebirds. And she could attract a constant stream of hummingbirds at her numerous feeders and loved every minute of it!
In 2015, Nancy and Joe moved to The Villages in Florida. They continued to stay busy with all the fantastic activities in The Villages and once again, made many cherished friends. One of the things they really loved was taking friends and family on golf cart tours and joining in on the many parades. Nancy also took great joy in caring for her two rescue dogs. They were fed more gourmet meals than most people!
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Joseph Gaffney. Nancy’s three children; daughter Lynn Mattis (Matt) and their children Nicholas (23), Olivia (19) and Geneva (19), son Jeffrey Cameron and his boys, Braiden (20) and Carson (13), daughter Lisa Burke (Billy) and her step-daughter Jennifer Porman (Mark) and their son Carter (17). She is also survived by her sister Janice Morgan (Bob) and nephew Russ Ridley and niece Brandi Smith.
Nancy was preceded in death by her Mother and Father.
She was loved dearly, her family will miss her greatly but will cherish the wonderful memories that will last forever. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to her favorite charity Peke A Tzu Rescue www.pekeatzurescue.com This is where she rescued her much loved fur babies, Sassy and Shana.


Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
Peke A Tzu Rescue www.pekeatzurescue.com

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  1. Paula and Al Burnie lit a candle:
    06 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 6, 2021 at 8:38:58 PM

  2. Paula and Al Burnie says:
    06 Aug 2021
    I met Nancy over 27 years ago, I remember Joe and Nancy's dating days! Having already known Joe, they hit it right off. She will be forever in my thoughts. She was a beautiful and passionate person and the world lost her too soon! Love you both.

  3. Alice M. Lippe says:
    01 Aug 2021
    Nancy was a great neighbor and friend. I will miss her smiling face. She put up a good fight, but now is at peace. My sincere sympathy to Joe an her family.

  4. Sandy Dempsey lit a candle:
    01 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 1, 2021 at 8:33:05 PM

  5. Kristin Dempsey lit a candle:
    01 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 1, 2021 at 8:31:21 PM

  6. Kimberly (Dempsey) Scoppa lit a candle:
    01 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 1, 2021 at 8:28:53 PM

  7. Kimberly (Dempsey) Scoppa lit a candle:
    01 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 1, 2021 at 8:28:26 PM

  8. John & Tammie Gingas says:
    30 Jul 2021
    Cousin Joe...please accept our sincerest condolences! Loss can't even define losing your best life friend & lover! We share your sorrow and our thoughts are with you! May God bless...

  9. Jodi Ridley says:
    30 Jul 2021
    We love you and will miss you. Rest in peace. Give Gram a hug for us.
    Russ, Jodi, Daniel and Darby

  10. Caryn Mendoza Peltier lit a candle:
    29 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 29, 2021 at 7:46:51 PM

  11. Diane & Michael says:
    29 Jul 2021
    Nancy was a special woman. We are so sorry for your loss, but know she is at peace.

    Diane & Michael

  12. Nan & Jules Barkow says:
    28 Jul 2021
    Sorry for your loss. Nancy was a very wonderful and caring lady.

  13. Janet & Roe says:
    27 Jul 2021
    We will always remember Nancy for her strong faith and love of nature. Such a special woman ❤️

  14. Janet Putz says:
    27 Jul 2021
    We are so sorry fir your loss, Joe. May God comfort you and your family.
    Larry and Janet Putz

  15. Janice Morgan says:
    27 Jul 2021
    There were just 3 of us growing up. Mom, Nancy and me. To say I’ll miss her is such a shallow statement. It’s like she was part of me. My prayers are with Joe ad their kids. I’m very pleased I got to send time with her and them to the very end. She was so proud of her children. Rest In Peace my sweet Sister.

  16. Janice Morgan says:
    27 Jul 2021
    There were the 3 of us when we were young. Just Mom, Nancy and me being

  17. Janet says:
    27 Jul 2021
    Joe, we are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family.
    Larry and Janet Putz

  18. Vivian Byrne says:
    27 Jul 2021
    I went to the Villages from Canada, to dog sit for a friend for a couple of weeks and met Nancy and Joe. I can’t recall exactly where we met but likely walking our dogs. Nancy and Joe were so incredibly welcoming to me, a total stranger. When Nancy found out I was there alone she invited me to the gym with her and showed me how all the machines operated, had me over for drinks, and insisted I give Joe a lesson in pickle ball. A truly beautiful person. You made my time there so much more fun. Our memory of you being the kind soul you were, will live on in all our hearts.

    Vivian

  19. Jim & Marilyn Armstrong says:
    27 Jul 2021
    Our hearts go out to Joe and the family. Nancy was a dear friend. We had so many wonderful times with she and Joe over the years. She had a strong faith and we know she is finally at peace in her eternal home. Our love and prayers to Joe and the family, Jim and Marilyn.

  20. Maggie Gaffney says:
    27 Jul 2021
    To my dear sweet Nancy:
    “Our friendship is forever.
    Until death, did we part.
    Although you’re away physically,
    You’re always in my heart.”
    I have always believed that those most special to us are brought into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Although we were only blessed with a short friendship, it was filled with a lifetime of love.
    I will miss you my dear friend.
    May you Rest In Peace
    Love Maggie

  21. Bruce and Jan Collins says:
    27 Jul 2021
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all.

  22. Maggie lit a candle:
    27 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 27, 2021 at 7:02:16 AM

  23. Jean & Doug Chaput says:
    26 Jul 2021
    Nancy will always be remembered for her sincere Faith, plus her great love of Joe, family & her furry friends. Such a great attitude & love of life. We’ll greatly miss that special lady!

  24. Bob Alberta Matrejek says:
    26 Jul 2021
    We will alway remember Nancy’s beautiful smile. Her strong faith was an inspiration to us. We will miss her greatly.

  25. Ted & Kate says:
    26 Jul 2021
    Such a wonderful person. We are so sorry for the loss but know she is at peace.

  26. Debbi & Paul Crowley says:
    26 Jul 2021
    Forever in our memories, forever in our hearts. Keeping your family in our thoughts & prayers.
    Paul & Debbi Crowley

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