Obituary of Nancy Gordon Dameron ~ 2009
Transcribed by Joseph Cook
Nancy Gordon Dameron, 94, died on Tuesday January 20, 2009 at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 24, 2009 at St. Giles Episcopal Church at Deerfield with The Rev. Morgan Gardner and The Rev. Haywood Holderness officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion.
Nancy Gordon was born on November 27, 1914 in Scotland Neck to the Rev. William Jones Gordon and Anna Clark Gordon. The family moved to Spray, NC (now Eden), where her father was rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Nancy was graduated from St. Mary’s Junior College, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority — and from John’s Hopkins University School of Nursing. She was married in 1939 to Emerson Penn (“Sandy”) Dameron. They lived in Greensboro until moving in 1940 to Marion – and in 1990 to Deerfield.
During the family’s life in Marion, Nancy served on the Altar Guild at St. John’s Episcopal Church and as an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary. In the 22 years when she had at least one child in the McDowell County Schools, she was a volunteer leader in many aspects of public education. Nancy used her nursing skills through her work with the American Red Cross as a bloodmobile volunteer, and with Marion General Hospital Auxiliary. She helped re-open the McDowell Public Library, which had been closed due to budget cuts. She also served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She is beloved by her children for sewing their clothing from scratch, her zeal for gardening, her cooking and delivering thoughtful culinary gifts, her eternal carpooling, her humanitarianism, and her love of the Episcopal Church. Especially, she was devoted to her husband Sandy. For her volunteer efforts, Nancy was honored by the governor as a recipient of a State of North Carolina Volunteer Award. Nancy is predeceased by her parents; her husband Sandy; her sister Almeria Gordon; and her brother the Rt. Rev. William Gordon Jr.
Surviving also are four children, Anna (Nan) Dameron of Hillsborough, Mary Holderness and husband Haywood of Durham, Elizabeth (Betsy) Poindexter and husband Albert of Summerfield, Penn Dameron and wife Vicki of Union Mills; and four sisters, Laura Gordon Williams of Black Mountain, Jocelyn Gordon of Eden, Mary Gordon of Kingsport, Tenn., and Grace Gordon Pless and husband Cecil of Asheville. Nancy’s grandchildren include Anna Dollar and husband Bob of Concord, Elizabeth Burns and husband Derek of Hillsborough, Dail Holderness and wife Laurie of Raleigh, Penn Holderness and wife Kim of Raleigh, Janet Bateman and husband Robert of Greensboro, Emerson Dameron, III of Glendale, CA, Silas Dameron and wife Vickie of Chicago. She has two step-grandchildren, Leah Greene of Spindale and Curtis Morgan of Union Mills. There are six great-grandchildren, Brandon and Eric Dollar, Owen and Anna Grace Burns, Lola and Ella Holderness; and one step-great-grandchild Lilly Greene.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center Residential Fund 1617 Hendersonville Road Asheville, NC 28803 or to St. John’s Episcopal Church PO Box 968 Marion, NC 28752 or to a charity of choice.
The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 28, 2008 Volume 15 # 4