Apex Funeral Home


Nancy Elizabeth Batten

November 19, 1955November 22, 2021
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Nancy Batten (66) of Raleigh, NC passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 surrounded by her family. Born in Scranton, PA to the late Paul and Nan Dunleavy, Nancy was a good friend and absolutely adored her family. Nancy met the love of her life, Brad at The University of Scranton and they were married in 1979. She had a love of people, travel, cooking, mahjong, and staying in touch with her friends on Facebook. Nancy never met a stranger that she didn’t already know.

Nancy is survived by her husband Bradley Batten of 42 years; son Paul Batten and wife Katherine; daughter Kathleen Page, husband Jeffrey; and grandchildren Hannah, Andrew, and Emma.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. Apex, NC 27502. A mass will be held Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Rd., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to, St Jude's Children's Hospital,

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Brenda Parker

December 2, 2021

I joined a gym to embrace health and i gained two endearing friends, Nancy and Marsha. We made the serious water aerobics wild, crazy and fun. Plus, we added Hollywood style with our wild swim caps. The friendship bloomed beyond the pool. Nancy’s smile, laughter and devilish wit made a room glow.

Mary Lou & Dave Hall

December 2, 2021

We have been blessed to know Nancy for close to 35 years. Our earliest memory of Nancy was the first night we met her. Brad was Dave’s first boss out of college, and about a year in, invited us to his and Nancy’s home for dinner. Needless to say, we were quite nervous being invited to the “boss’s” house, but as soon as we arrived, we were greeted with classic Nancy, a big smile, a warm hug, a tour of the house, a well made drink, and a great meal! It was if she had known us her whole life and immediately put us at ease. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that included relocating together to Atlanta, the great years there with Brad, Nancy’s Mom Nan, Katie and Paul. The fun times we had there are too numerous to mention here, but they included the same warmth, Nancy’s great laugh, great meals and drink, and many laughs together. A couple of times, we got a little out of hand and made Nancy’s Mom pretty mad (think a very long afternoon/evening at Dirty Al’s!). When Brad made the decision to convert his faith to Catholicism, Nancy and Brad asked Dave to be his godfather. Although we moved to different parts of the country, our bond has continued to this day. Our last memory is a recent one, when we stopped by your Boone home and you gave us the security code to take a tour with you on FaceTime. Never did we think it would be the last time we saw you or heard your voice. Boy, we are glad we made that stop!

Nancy, you were truly one of a kind! A great wife, mother, daughter, and friend to all! One of the finest human beings we have been blessed to know in our lifetimes! We will miss you dearly, but will never forget you!

Brad, Katie, Paul and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss, but hope you can find some peace in knowing that Nancy took the fast lane into heaven. We also know that you will carry on Nancy’s many traditions, so she will always be with you.


Mary Lou & Dave

Kathi and John Pietron

December 1, 2021

We had the privilege of knowing Nancy for the last four years. She was such a bright and vibrant woman. Every time we saw her she had a huge smile on her face. She will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know and love her.

Douglas Rogers

December 1, 2021

I was priviledged to know Nancy over a wealth of years . To be invited often to sit at her table with the family . Alway a bright light that has not gone out , always a welcoming hug & word . Often a quiet loving buffer between Brad & I , when were challenged each other with differeing opinions as close friends do !
Humble but filled with the Spirit , welcoming with a true warmth , genuine with charity from her heart Nancy is a part of my family in the Holy Spirit . This day I talked about the life Nancy shared with me & the loss I feel knowing she is looking down on us who loved her > seeing the outpouring of loved she engendered in those she met & influenced by her presence . A chosen few truly walk in the footsteps Jesus planned , acknowledging his patience & charity .
I expect and look forward to being greeted by Nancy`s smiling eyes in the place Jesus went to prepare for us . My walk with God would have been less , far less without Nancy`s spirit in my life > still alive in my heart .

Joyce Casey-Petronchak

November 30, 2021

Nancy, Ann Marion Peslak, Nancy Marion Ziskowski and I went to grade school and high school together in Archbald. We sang in the Saint Thomas Aquinas choir together and living in a three block radius, we spent alot of time at each others houses. We walked everywhere,singing on the way. Many slices of pizza at the Colonnade, dancing at the New World lounge. When Nancy was able to get back to Archbald, we got together for dinner and reminiscing. Miss you my friend. Love, Joyce Casey-Petronchak

Mary Anne Hinton

November 30, 2021

Good friends are like stars
You can't always see them
But they are always there.

I don't know who came up with that saying but it sure sums up our friendship. Who would have thought that a young girl from Carson City, NV would go to visit her grandparents in Archbald, PA and meet a young girl named Nancy and those two girls would maintain an East Coast/West Coast friendship for about 60 years!

I will miss you dearly my friend but have so many wonderful you bunches!

Katie McAndrews-McNeill

November 30, 2021

Brad, Katie, Paul and Family,
It has taken me time to sit to write this as it is unimaginable that our Beloved and Beautiful Nancy has passed. I as well as my Sister Susie were blessed growing up next to Nan, Paul and Nancy. She was, is and always will be our 'Big Sis.' She never missed an event in our lives and the Dunleavy family and McAndrews families were and are so much more than Neighbors- we are truly family.
My Sister and I had a front row seat to Nancy meeting Brad and their dating whirlwind. They were actually our babysitters- the best ever!! We were in their Wedding and whether it was a McAndrews' event or a Dunleavy- Batten event the times were magical! Gene and I were counting the days to New Year's Eve this year where we would spend that magical time with Nancy and Brad. We are heartsick she is gone. We have a new Guardian Angel. Gene and I and my entire family are blessed and honored to have had Nancy in our family .
I keep reading her last text from just a short month ago as we looked forward to New Year's Eve. I will always have the privilege of Nancy calling me 'Little Sis' , something I will cherish for the rest of my life! Big Sis we miss you, love you, and will forever hold you in our hearts. We know you had a wonderful welcoming committee in Heaven! God speed and watch over All of us. Sending you the biggest of hugs! You always gave the best ones!

Lorraine Nadeau

November 30, 2021

Nancy came into my life in our mid-forties and yet it seemed we had known each other for a lifetime. She was the kindest most generous soul that I have ever known.
Without us knowing she had planned and coordinated the perfect 25th anniversary party. Melanie and Eric were to get wedding photo’s out of the house so she could blow them up and have them framed around her house for the party. They gave her names of family and friends in Canada. Nancy had Paul and Melanie picking up people up at the airport. Katie helping her in the kitchen. Kids driving and hiding friends cars so we would not see them as we entered her house. She did it all with love and without a second thought. She managed to totally surprise us and pull of a fabulous 25th anniversary party.

That was who Nancy was the kindest person a friend could ask for.

She was loved and will be missed by all her had the privilege of knowing her.

Meredith Taylor

November 29, 2021

Nancy was such a genuine person. My family was fortunate to spend time with her at cheerleading competitions, her grandkid’s school, or at the office. She was always so complimentary when she was with you. I’m going to miss her sweet Facebook comments. Continued prayers and love for the family.
~The Taylors

Kristine Batten

November 29, 2021

I am so sorry I cannot be there in person for services, but I wanted to share my last memory of Nancy. Brad, Nancy, Paul&Katie had come to California for Kim&Ryan’s wedding in the fall of 2019, and B&N came to Sonoma to take me to dinner that next week. Nancy was having considerable trouble with her knee at the time, and we joked about trying to keep up with her while she “scooted” about on her motorized scooter… even in discomfort, she was always smiling. That’s how I’ll remember my sister-in-law…a kind & happy person.