Jean F. Nance

April 17, 1938 - August 1, 2012
Jean F. Nance


Jean F. Nance, 74, of Wilmington died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Pittsfield, MA, on April 17, 1938, the daughter of the late Charles and Marian Wertz.

Jean and her husband, Lee, retired to Wilmington in July, 1994, from Louisville, KY, where Jean had worked as a newspaper reporter and for the state of Kentucky. They marked their 52nd wedding anniversary on July 30, 2012.

Jean wrote a book on the area’s filming industry, “Cinematic Wilmington: Making Movies on the Cape Fear Coast,” in 2001 and it has often been quoted in news stories. She has also been active in Democratic Party politics here, with the N.C. Jazz Festival, and with the local chapter of the American Humanist Association.

A memorial service for Jean will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will greet friends and relatives from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the service.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Wertz, and daugher-in-law Mary C. Nance. In addition to her husband, Leland H. “Lee” Nance, of Wilmington, Jean is survived by their three sons, Steve (wife Ruhiyyih Henderson and children Catherine Skaggs, Zora Nance and Liam Nance) of Louisville, KY; Allen Nance, also of Louisville; and Roger Nance (wife Elllen) of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Ethel Noonan of Lee, MA, and Linda Warner (husband T.A.) of Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Carolyn Wertz of Shelbyville, IN; step-sister, Jean Ann Silver of Rockledge, FL; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and other relatives.

The family would like to thank the nurses and nursing aides on the 10th floor of New Hanover Regional for their compassionate and skillful care during Jean’s final weeks, and her many doctors. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Jean’s name to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, 2259 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, 28401, telephone (910) 815-5002.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington,NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • August 07, 2012
    Vincent & Joan Tomaselli says:
    Dear Lee, We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Jean. We will forever hold her beatiful smiling face in our memmories and our hearts. We hope you are doing well and find comfort in your memories of your lives together, of which I know you have so many. May they and the Lord help you through this most difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Vincent and Joan Tomaselli

  • August 02, 2012
    Janet Jolliff Ilet says:
    Sorry for your loss, Janet and Kenny

  • August 10, 2012
    Kate Hale & Jane Keller says:
    The video tribute was beautiful - for a beautiful human being and wonderful neighbor. Her life was a tribute to grace and kindness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Greatest sympathies to Lee and her family.

  • August 02, 2012
    JC & Raymond Cardwell says:
    To the family of Jean Nance. Our thoughts are with you in this hour of loss. We will always cherish the times we shared with Jean. Her smile and her kind, loving words brought true joy to us and genuinely enriched our lives. She will live forever in our hearts and minds. When someone who is a kind, gentle, loving individual like Jean touches your life, the memories of the times you share live on forever. Jean, we will truly miss you. Thank you for being you and being our friend.

  • August 11, 2012
    Elaine Warren says:
    To the Family of Jean Nance So sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies to you. Elaine Warren, fellow Humanist.