CALIFORNIA NANCE OBITS
RALPH RICHARD NANCE - Ralph Richard
Nance passed away Wednesday, April 28, 1999, in Ventura from a lengthy
illness. His valiant heart stopped beating with his family by his side.
He was 81 years . Ralph was born in HOBART, OK, on July 10, 1917. The
loves of his life were his family and airplanes. In 1940 Ralph obtained
his pilot license and in 1941 came to california and worked at
Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, helping to build bombers during the
beginning of World War II. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps in
1942 and was trained to pilot the B-17 and B-25 bombers and flew
missions until the end of the war. In 1948, he married Jane Staley,
whom he met in DENVER CO., while in the service. He was then stationed
in Texas and California for the duration of his 22-year service career.
He retired from the Air Force with the rank of major in 1964. He moved
to Ventura in 1967 and entered into Civil Service, working 15 years for
NCEL in Port Hueneme and retired again in 1982. Ralph is survived by
his wife of 51 years, Jane Nance, daughter, Linda and her husband,
James Rhine.and Daughter; Cynthia Nance; daughter Gayle and her
husband, Raymond Hino; and grandchildren, Cody and Christy Rhine. He
was precened in death by his mother and father, ADA B. and Fred Edward
Nance; and brothers J. Gilmore Nance and Fred Edward Jance Jr. Ralph
loved his family and will be greatly missed by them. He loved humor and
delighted his friends and family with his wit. He always maintained his
interest in aviation, especially antique planes. Private family
services were held in Ventura, Ralph will be interred at the Hobart
Rose cemetery in Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Livingston Memorial Hospice Associateon, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite
101, Ventura, CA. 93003
Clayton Nance (June 11,
1837-May 10, 1913) from Santa Maria
Times, May 17, 1913, p 1, col 6.
"Thos. C. Nance Crosses Over"
of Santa Maria’s oldest and best known residents passed
suddenly on Saturday last. Mr. Nance,
while driving home on Friday evening of last week, was smitten on the
way by a stroke of paralysis and was discovered in a helpless and
semi-conscious condition in his buggy by the members of his family. The horse was a gentle
animal and took its
master home safely for the last time.
Dr. Brown was hastily summoned who found that the
was fast ebbing away and that the end was inevitable.
He lived but a few hours.
With the passing of Thos. C. Nance the community loses a
and loyal citizen, the widow a devoted husband and the children a kind
and loving father. Having been a resident
here for more than forty years, he naturally had a wide range of
acquaintance and was well and favorably known throughout this part of
the state. He was a man of admirable
qualities, graceful manners and easy to become acquainted with and in
consequence was universally liked by all who ever met him.
His character was above reproach and his honesty and sincerity
never to be questioned. He was devout
member of the Methodist church and also an honored member of the
Hesperian Lodge, No. 264, F.&A.M. under whose direction the funeral
took place after the church service. The
latter was conducted by the Rec. Chas. Kennedy.
Thomas Clayton Nance was born in Randolph County, North
in 1837. His father was a farmer and stock
raiser by occupation and he remained with him until he was 16 years of
age, learning the carpenter trade. In
1858, he went to Missouri to join his uncle, Isham Nance, who owned a
large plantation and remained until 1858, when he started with a wagon
train of Guthrie and Mitchell for Salt Lake City. In
the spring of 1859 he started alone for Pike’s Peak with his own
outfit, but returned to Nebraska the following year and started farming. Two years later he started westward for the
mines of eastern Oregon where he remained until 1866, meeting with good
success. He then came to San Jose and
Castroville where he helped to build the first houses in that city. In 1867 he went to Salinas and helped found
that city, engaged in the building business. Here
he remained but a short time and returned to San Jose where in
partnership with W. T. Morris he farmed the Parr ranch until 1870, when
he took a trip east. On returning to
California in 1872 Mr Nance took up residence in Santa Maria and bought
considerable land, setting out one of the first orchards in the valley. He was a thorough stock man and raised some of
the finest horses in California.
He was married in 1881 to Miss Maggie Smith, who
her four daughters survive him. The
children are Mrs. Philo Jones of Brawley, Mrs. F. A. Hilton, Miss
Mamie, and Miss Edna Nance and a son, Willard by a former marriage.
He was 75 years and 11 months of age and being of a
always enjoyed good health.
The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon and
was one of the
largest held here in a long time. From all
parts of the valley his old time friends came to pay their final
respect and tribute of esteem. The floral
offering was beautiful and was characteristic of the clean and noble
soul that has taken wing after a long and useful career.
Obituary for Thomas Clayton Nance (June 11, 1937-May 10, 1913) from
Santa Barbara newspaper, May 18, 1913, page 3 col 4:
Nance, Popular Judge of Baby Shows Has Passed Away
Known Santa Marian Had Many Friends at County Seat
The many county seat friends
of T.C. Nance will hear with regret of his death at his home in Santa
Maria, May 10th. Mr. Nance came to Santa
Barbara county in 1872, and has been prominently identified with its
At the time when county or
district fairs were annually held, Mr. Nance was always in demand as
judge of the baby shows; in which capacity he showed with a grace that
rivalled Bishop Phillips Brooks at a christening as described by Eugene
Field. Bishop Brooks, with his winning
smile would say to the fond mother, as he took the babe in his arms:
“Well, this is a baby, isn’t
Which left the doting mamma
with the impression that the good bishop had complemented her child as
he never had another.
Mr. Nance, in those good old
days of the pavilion and race track and bread contests and baby shows,
was equally popular, and his pleasing ways and sterling worth will be
long remembered by his Santa Barbara friends.
Porterville CA obituaries 1890 to 1996
JAMES WALTER NANCE JR. 28 1954 MAR
LIZZIE LEOTA NANCE (MRS) 80 1965 OCT
JAMES C NANCE 83 1943 JUL 24
EDWARD L NANCE 84 1965 MAY 10,11
J WALTER NANCE 83 1969 MAR 31, APR 1
Oscal Lowell NANCE, Birth place:
Lived Camarillo, CA Age: 79 y 2 mo Death Date: Dec. 2003 Buried:
Camarillo, CA TOS 1/1/2004
From the Modesto Bee 3/11/1969 page B2 Estella
OAKDALE - Services will be conducted tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the First
Christian Church for Estella M. Nance, 74, who died Sunday in the local
Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, with Oakdale Memorial Chapel
A native of Missouri, Mrs. nance had lived in Oakdale since 1937 and
had been a member of the First Christian Church.
She leaves two daughters, Mearle Breshears and Genevieve Brooks, both
of Oakdale; four brothers , Homer of Oakdale, Guy of Florida, Mearl of
Arizona and Floy Young of Santa Paula; a sister, Nellie Porterfield of
Oregon; four grandchildren; and nin great-
From the Modesto Bee 4/1/1989 page B2 Francis
FRANCIS L. NANCE, 53, of Newman, died Friday
SERVICES: Mass 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joachims Catholic Church in
Newman. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hillview Funeral Chapel in
BACKGROUND: Native of Missouri. Lived in Newman three years. Retired
Air Force colonel. Member of Loyal Order of Moose, Newman; Air Force
Association and R&A Club in Colorado Springs
SURVIVORS: Wife, Marie Nance of Newman, Three sons, Charles nance of
Sacramento, Donald Nance
of Portola and William Nance of Atlanta. Stepfather K. C. Goodwin of
Iowa. One brother.
One sister. Four grandchildren.
From the Modesto Bee 10/15/1972 page C14 Maude
Services for Maude Stella Nance, 72, Modesto, will be held at 11 a.m.
tomorrow in Franklin & Downs Funeral Home, 12th and G Streets, with
burial in lakewood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Nance died Frida in a local hospital after a lengthy illness. A
housewife, she had lived in the areas for 15 years and was a member of
Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. She was a native of Oklahoma.
Survivors inclede her children, A. J. Redmond, Juanita Steely, Leona
Richardson, Nora Williams
and Betty Jo Thompson of Medesto, Mack Redmond of Arkansas, J. C.
Redmond of Sunnyvale,
Bonnie Jones of Cottonwood and J. D. Redmond of Lorene Pelfrey of Yuba
City, 35 grand children
and 29 great-grandchildren.
Thanks to Carolyn for the
obits in the
Thanks to Larry Turner for the obits for
Thomas Clayton Nance
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