Nancy Phelps Hodges

May 20, 1943 - September 13, 2014
Nancy Phelps Hodges

Nancy Phelps Hodges, “Nan”, born May 20, 1943, transitioned from this life on September 13, 2014.

The daughter of Wade Hampton and Lois Austin Phelps of Fuquay Varina, A fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights and civil justice, Nancy fought long and hard in every opportunity to create opportunities for not only dialogue but solutions for each person to succeed. Breaking barriers and living by example, Nan graduated first from the NC Women’s College, going on to be the registrar for Holden Tech (now Wake Tech), She then pursued her four year degree in Anthropology as an undergraduate, and attained a masters in public health at UNC-Chapel. She went on to pursue a life long advocacy in maternal and child health, helping to create solutions for healthier babies and mothers.

Nan endured two decades of debilitating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and in the end the cancer but never for a moment lost her ability to serve others and be a champion for her family, friends, and deep desire to see the best for humanity.

Nan, survived by her loving, faithful, partner, best friend and husband of 33 years, Harold Key Hodges, her daughter, Leanne Dean Walters and Son in Law Buddy Walters, her son L.S. “Bo” Dean Jr and son-law Michael Freeze, granddaughter Lauren Walters Butts and grandson-in-law, Stephen Butts, granddaughter Morgan A. Walters, great grandsons Mason, Garrett, and Wesley Butts, and four step sons, Theron, Ty, Luke, and Gray Hodges.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held 2 PM Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Wilmington, NC

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nancy Hodges/Martha Stines Women’s Scholarship at CFCC or Planned Parenthood of North Carolina or the the Zimmer Cancer Center at NHRMC in Honor of the Nurses.

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  • September 14, 2014
    Callie and Scott Underwood says:
    Bo, Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Nan sounded like a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She left quite a legacy which I know you will honor as you continue to do the wonderful things you do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Callie and Scott

  • September 14, 2014
    Jennifer Walters says:
    Dearest Leanne and family, I send you my deepest sympathy to you all. Thinking and praying for you all right now during this difficult time.

  • September 14, 2014
    Gordon/Barbara Stephenson says:
    We are so sorry about the loss of your mother. She sounded like a wonderful person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • September 15, 2014
    Nancy Ballard Cox says:
    I shall miss my dear friend Nancy PH so much. There were 3 Nancys in our circle of friends so we all used our last initials added to our names to distinguish us. She always left the most intelligent comments on FB. But that is not what I will really remember. I will remember sitting with her and Harold at 3 different Peace Day Celebrations enjoying every minute of each one. I'm sure she has her peaceful place to rest now. Good-bye sweet friend.

  • September 15, 2014
    Tara Duckworth says:
    Bo & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you will carry your mom with you in your heart and in your sprit.