Nancy Elizabeth Appen, 84, passed away Aug. 27

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Nancy Elizabeth Appen, 84, died Monday August 27, 2012 of complications from respiratory illness.

Nancy was born in Jonesboro, NC to Mildred and P.G. York. She attended Jonesboro High School, graduating first in her class. She attended Appalachian State University and then earned her nursing degree from Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC, specializing in psychiatric nursing at Duke Hospital, Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, and Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Nancy was a loving mother to her four children Ray, Terry, Allyson, and Lindy. She had a special place in her heart for animals, which was manifested in their collection of chickens, dogs, ducks, gerbils, guinea pigs, squirrels, rabbits, cats, seagulls, snakes and birds — some of which came to the Appen household as rescues and others as pets.

Nancy was always quite active in her children’s schools whether it involved supporting the PTA or driving her kids to countless sports practices. She was an avid swim team “mom” and all of her children went on to become lifelong athletes. Nancy developed close friendships in the medical communities in both Brevard County, Florida and Moore County in North Carolina. She was known for never forgetting a birthday or anniversary and never ceased to seek out ways to help other people. Her support of her friends was constant and her love for her children was absolute.

A lifelong Presbyterian, Nancy was affiliated with Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, Rockledge Presbyterian Church, and West End Presbyterian Church, and volunteered regularly.

Nancy is survived by her four children and their spouses, her brother Glenn York and sister-in-law Evelyn, her sister Mary Edna Lawrence and brother-in-law Fred, seven grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held 11 am Saturday, September 1 at Jonesboro Cemetary and a future celebration event in Rockledge, Florida in the fall. In lieu of flowers, memorials can go to NC Yorkie Rescue, http://www.ncyorkierescue.org/Pages/default.aspx or the Seven Lakes EMS (Rescue Squad), 969 Seven Lakes North, Seven Lakes, NC 27376.