Nancy was born October 8, 1928 in Sharpsville, PA. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 27, 2021 after waging a valiant fight against Covid-19 pneumonia. She was a long-time resident of Arlington, Texas. She also lived in Orange County, California for 13 years before returning to Texas in 2013.
Nancy sang and played piano in a vibrant, happy Southern gospel style that delighted all who heard her, and she continued to do so until the end. Her daughter Bobbi reports she was singing “Just a Little Talk with Jesus” with her final breaths.
She met her husband Bob when they both attended Southwestern Assembly of God Seminary in Waxahachie, Texas. They married in 1946 after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy when she was just 17, and they were married for 60 years. They loved singing gospel music together, and in their early days of marriage they traveled extensively, providing gospel music for churches, camp meetings and conventions. They also founded and pastored a church together in Gladewater, Texas.
After moving to Arlington, Nancy worked at Sears in personnel for a number of years. She later worked in the housing department at the University of Texas at Arlington, from which she retired in 1994.
Nancy loved Jesus and she radiated His love to everyone she met. Because she knew that we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord, she treated everyone the same, with love and respect, from the janitors to the store manager to the president of the university. She loved people, and they loved her back. She was kind, she had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh, and she loved life. Her own life was not without pain, trials and heartache, but she chose to concentrate on the joy of the Lord instead of complaining. She was an earnest Prayer Warrior.
She is survived by her daughter and caregiver/roommate, Bobbi Braziel of Fort Worth; her daughter Vickie Schumacher Hancock and her husband Tom Hancock of Costa Mesa, CA; grandson Keith Braziel of Grant, FL; grandson U.S. Army Captain James (JJ) Schumacher, currently stationed in Germany; and grandson Charlie Schumacher of Newport Beach, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband M. A. “Bob” Braziel, who passed away in 2006 in Huntington Beach, CA from complications of dementia; their son Clayton A. “Buddy” Braziel of Arlington who passed away in 2004; and their first son, Thomas Carroll Braziel, who was stillborn.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 6th at 1 PM at Rosser Funeral Home’s chapel in Cleburne, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fund to help reduce tuition for students who are preparing to spread the gospel.
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