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THREE CHURCHES, W.Va. Nancy Louise Pownell, age 78, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
She was preceded in death by (four) brothers, Howard Smith, George Corbin, Russel Corbin, Jack Corbin; and a sister, Mayona Nazelrod.
She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Kenneth Donald "Bus" Pownell of Three Churches; (two) sons, Kenny (wife, Mary) Pownell of Three Churches, and Jeffrey Keener of Three Churches; (three) daughters, Donna Jean Wesson of Augusta, Cynthia Sue Geiger of Augusta, and Tammy (husband, Ed) Blomquist of Augusta; (one) brother, Theodore Corbin of Romney; (two) sisters, Vada Strosneider of Charles Town, and Rosie Bradley also of Charles Town; (15) grandchildren, April, Trish, Natalie, Taulana, Sarah, Brandon, Bo, Rosa, Joseph, Robert, Zoe, Izik, Savannah, Bryson and Samantha; (nine) great-grandchildren, Bobby, Ayden, Emi, James, Eli, Taegan, Lexi, Liam, Maddy and a pair of twins on the way! Mentioned last, but certainly not least is her loving and adored Bischapoo, Buttercup.
Nancy was born and raised in Romney, attended Romney High School and graduated from High School at Slippery Rock, Pa. in 1956. Soon after High School, Nancy met the love of her life and they married, starting their family soon after. They had four kids of their own, and were Foster Parents for 41 years to 50+ more kids over the years, always providing a warm and welcoming home. Nancy had an abundant and full life with her family(s) and work. Her first job was working on the orchards packing fruit, moving to Kenney Shoes (until it's close) then on to the Schools for The Deaf and Blind where she worked as a cook and custodian until her retirement in the early 2000's. During all this, she concurrently did what she did and loved best; she was a Mom and a wife. She was also a member of the Romney Church of The Nazarene where she served in various and multiple roles. She had a quick witted, humorous spirit that enabled her to find the fun and humor in most any situation; even when communicating with the medical community about her terminal illness, she found something to cut up about. Close to the surface always lurked the spirit of a true "Spitfire" and nobody was ever surprised when her outspoken ways conveyed some definite thoughts. Nancy could also find time to enjoy travel, camping, the beach, boating and going out to eat. She embraced life and all it's offerings and she will be deeply missed.
Friends will be received on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the Romney Church of The Nazarene, 339 Elk Place, Romney, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. After funeral services, Nancy's body will be cremated and her ashes interred at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to; Romney Church of The Nazarene - Mission Fund, 339 Elk Place, Romney, WV 26757.
Inquiries may be made to Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney 304-822-3511
Published on June 14, 2017
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