The Reverend Nan Elizabeth Chandler died peacefully at home August 12, 2023, at the age 79. She was born in Charleston, West Virginia on October 8, 1943, to Obadiah and Jeanette Wilson Chandler.
Nan received three Master’s Degrees in: Healthcare Admin from Xavier University, Cincinnati OH in 1978 Social Work at Catholic University, Washington DC in 1980 Divinity, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria VA 1985 She was ordained as a Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia in 1985.
Nan worked as a healthcare nutritionist, social worker and counselor in many capacities, and later as parish priest, most notably: Regional Vice President for Mission and Pastoral Care, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Health System, Cincinnati, OH Coordinator for Centralized Assignment of Case Management, Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board, Cincinnati, OH Substance Abuse Counselor and Asst to the Rector St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, West Hampton Beach, New York Asst Director of Substance Abuse Program, Southeastern Mental Health
Center, Wilmington, NC Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wheeling, WVA , Asst Clergy, Grace Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, OH Rector, All Souls Episcopal Church, in Northwest, NC where she served and was loved for 27 years. Children’s Program Coordinator and Chaplain, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center, Wilmington, NC
Nan was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Joseph Wilson Chandler, Sr. She leaves behind one nephew, Joseph Wilson Chandler, II, a great-nephew, Christian Chandler and niece, Cassandra Chandler, and her beloved cousins, Chelya Purkey, Barbara Criss, ChuckWolford and Rachel Vetter.
Nan enjoyed Camping, Woodworking, playing Guitar – and travelling to all of the US capitals and presidential libraries, as well as all the provincial capitals in Canada with her best friend, Sonja Remington.
A Celebration of Life is planned for August 26, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at All Souls Episcopal Church, Northwest, NC – interment to follow in the Medlin-Williams Cemetery, Northwest, NC.
In lieu of Flowers, please send donations to All Souls Episcopal Church, 5087 Blue Banks Loop Rd, Leland, NC 28451 or Lower Cape Fear Life Care, 1414 Physicians Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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