Nancy Jean Held

October 27, 1932February 4, 2017

Nancy Jean Held, 84 passed away at Providence Hospital, Novi MI on February 4, 2017. Nancy was born October 27, 1932 in Winnipeg, Canada. She spent her childhood years between Des Moines, Iowa and Bismarck, North Dakota. In 1950 Nancy graduated amongst the top of her class at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended her first year of college at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa (1950-51). She went on to attend and graduate from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (1951-54). In 1955 she received her Master’s Degree from Drake University. Nancy began her teaching experience in Northbrook, Illinois as a public-school teacher in 1954. In 1957 she became Associate Professor of Education at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa until 1961 when she moved to Albion and became professor and Director of Education of Albion College. She established a collaborative graduate program with the Prestigious Bank Street College of Education in New York over a Three-year period before her retirement from Albion College. She retired in 1994. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles, and son Kurt, a brother Earl Graffam Capt. U. S. Navy Retired. She is survived by 2 daughters, Heidi Ross (Doug), and her son Thaddeus, and Kirstin Kinter (Ken) and their two sons Maxwell and Jackson. Nancy has been active in the community by serving on the Boards of Johnson Child Care Center, Albion Interfaith Ministries, First United Methodist Church, Ismon House, Kids “N” Stuff, Alpha Chi Omega, First Presbyterian Church, The Brass Band of Battle Creek. She was a summer resident in Bay View for more than 40 years and served as the Education Committee Chairperson for many years. She served on the Board of Advisors at the United Theological Seminary of Ohio. Nancy was very active with Albion and the college and was instrumental in the development of the Albion College Held Equestrian Center in 2004. Nancy’s local memberships include P.E.O., ELT, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Her professional memberships include Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Delta Phi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Her hobbies and special interests include restoration of wood, stained glass, metal refinishing, travel, reading, rock collecting, flying, sky diving and cooking. The family will receive friends on Friday February 10, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:00 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home 811 Finley Drive Albion, MI 49224. Services to Celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday February 11, 2017 at Goodrich Chapel at Albion College. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Kids “N” Stuff Children’s Museum, and Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan, MI, Albion College Held Equestrian Center.


  • Visitation Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Aubrey Fisher

February 12, 2017

Nancy I'll be greatly missed. She was a joy to care for at Maplewood. So sorry for your loss.

Mary Petro

February 10, 2017

Heidi and Kirstin,
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special lady. She will be missed by you and many others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary and Eric Petro

Gaylynn Kinter

February 9, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories you have with your mom help you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers

The Chabot Family-James, Lori, Jacquelyn, & Nathan

February 8, 2017

Our deepest sympathy. We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Janet Holstine

February 8, 2017

Sending you love and special thoughts. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, I know she was a special woman. She will remain in your heart always.

Karin & Kurt Hanke

February 8, 2017

Our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your dear mother

Tom Whitesell

February 8, 2017

She will be missed a lot by her Maplewood family. Blessings to you all.

Terry and Diane DeWeerd

February 8, 2017

Kirsten and Heid and familiesi,
You have been in our thoughts a lot lately. We are very sorry to hear about your Mom. We had so many good times with her over the years. She was a caring and sharing person. Please accept our thoughts and prayers. She was a woman who had that devilish smile and you knew something was going on or was about to happen. She will be greatly missed. Terry and Diane

Vicci Barr

February 8, 2017

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jan Shedd

February 8, 2017

Dearest Kirstin and Heidi, Please accept our most sincerest sympathies in the passing of your mom. She was the light of the neighborhood and always had a wonderful way of making everyone feeling part of "HER" family. We will cherish the memories of her gifts to family, friends, to the city of Albion and Albion College. Her smiles always lit up the room. John and Jan Shedd