Rev. Nan Elizabeth Chandler

October 8, 1943 - August 12, 2023
Rev. Nan Elizabeth Chandler

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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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  • September 02, 2023
    Mary Thomson says:
    It is hard to describe Nan, she was such a character and had a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor. She was a keen observer of human nature and offered good advice when you asked her for it. I have been so glad to call her a friend for all these years and I will miss her.

  • August 30, 2023
    Jeanette & Jeff Baltezegar says:
    Although I never met Nan in person, we spoke over the phone countless times. She was always such a pleasant person and I enjoyed our "friendship" through the years. I will miss hearing her voice over the phone and our talks. To her well loved friend, Sonja, I know you are going to miss Nan terribly. Only God and time can fill the void of a dear friendship. May God bless you with many wonderful memories and peace to sustain you in the future.

  • August 26, 2023
    George and Kaye Heroux posted an image:
    She was our friend, our mentor and our Pastor. We loved her dearly.
    She was our friend, our mentor and our Pastor. We loved her dearly.

  • August 17, 2023
    Nan was a strong, independent woman, and an excellent role model for me (best cousin ever!). I love her dearly and will miss her. Rest in peace, I love you!

  • August 17, 2023
    Dottie Sauer lit a candle:
    Lit since August 17, 2023 at 8:09:21 PM