Nancy Bryan Hunt Powell died on October 7, 2013 at her home in San Angelo, Texas surrounded by family and friends.
Nancy was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 21, 1938 to Velma Savell Hunt and Zimri Bryan Hunt. She married James L. Powell February 27, 1960.
The fabric of her life was a tapestry of time shared between town and ranch. Her devotion to her faith, family and friends, led her to travel far and wide as she fostered those connections with adventures that left a positive impact on those with whom she came in contact.
Nancy's involvement in the community around her started at a very early age participating in sports, dancing, and as a twirler and drum major at Sonora High School. She was also involved in agricultural endeavors dear to her heart and served as Mohair Queen for the Texas Mohair Association.
After graduating from Sonora High School in 1956, she attended the University of Texas where she enrolled in Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program. She was an active participant in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the Spooks freshman honorary organization and Orange Jackets. Through these experiences, she forged lifelong friendships. Those friendships, along with her undying faith, would be what would sustain her throughout her adult life.
As her friends can attest, underneath Nancy's joyful nature was an unparalleled strength and determination. Her contagious laughter concealed a determination and tenacity masking the effort required for her to work through the thirty years of health challenges. The professionals at MD Anderson were astounded at her enduring resilience. She faced the beast of cancer with immense strength. She was a warrior. She was courageous. She possessed a deep spiritual strength which provided her with the fortitude to bear the unbearable with patience and dignity.
Throughout her life, her church family, the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado, was of utmost importance. She actively participated with the Women of the Church serving wherever there was a need, and also as an Elder. In recent years she served on the board of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and chaired the Endowment and Capitol Campaign for the museum.
Family came first for Nancy. As a couple Jimmie and Nancy were an example of an extraordinarily bonded partnership, supporting each other in equal measure. Nancy's priority was her two daughters and their families. She traveled regularly to support her children and grandchildren in their pursuits. She was their greatest champion. Her faith manifested itself in the way she lived and in her ability to sense the need to support and encourage others.
Making friends came easily to her. Engaged in life as she was engaging, she leaves an echo of laughter like footprints throughout her life and the lives of others.
Nancy is survived by her husband, James L. Powell; daughter Lorrie Uhl her husband Arthur Uhl and their children James, Elisabeth and Scott; daughter Victoria Johnson her husband Ken and their children Leon, Eli, and Carmen and her husband Stephen Flora. Also surviving are her brother James Hunt, wife Linda, niece Hillary Whitfield and nephew Bryan Hunt.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm Wednesday in the First Presbyterian Church in Eldorado, 2 North Cottonwood Street.
The family would like to thank the staff at MD Anderson Medical Center, especially Dr. Gabriel Hortobogyi and Juana Castañeda; Dr. Tom Granaghan at San Angelo Community Medical Center and Dr. David Cummings at Shannon Medical Center; Hospice of San Angelo, Inc.; the wonderful nurses that aided her in the final days and the many friends and angels that surrounded her throughout her life.
Memorials may be made to:
The First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado
7 North Cottonwood Street
Eldorado, TX 76936
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
One Love Street
San Angelo, TX 76903
The Bryan and Velma Hunt Scholarship Fund
Contact: San Angelo Area Foundation
2201 Sherwood Way, Suite 205
San Angelo, TX 76901