Nancey Jo Acree
October 3, 1937 – October 29, 2018
Nancey Jo Acree passed away peacefully on Monday morning October 29 in the company of friends (including two of the four legged variety). Her health had been declining for some time.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Josephine and Edward, as well as her sister Ann. Also waiting for her were her service dogs, E-ore and Degas.
Despite the challenges of Cerebral Palsy, Nancey lived a full life. Her determination was legendary.
She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in psychology and was employed at Larue Carter Hospital as a clinical testing associate for over 30 years.
Nancey was an active member of Soroptimists and a very long term board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Indiana. She worked very very hard to advocate for those with disabilities. Along with E-ore and then Degas she was a dedicated ambassador for Canine Companions for Independence. Nancey loved people and she touched many lives.
Visitation will be 9:00 am to 10:30 am Saturday, November 3 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Chuch, 5692 Central Ave. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30. She will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery.
No flowers please. Instead please consider a donation to United Cerebral Palsy (ucpaindy.org ) or Canine Companions for Independence (cci.org).
Please allow ample time to join for services as the Monumental Marathon will affect traffic, visit https://www.wthr.com/article/traffic-restrictions-for-monumental-marathon for additional information.
- Visitation Saturday, November 3, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 3, 2018
Nancey Jo Acree
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November 3, 2018
I only met Nancey when my mother, Mary Young, came to Harbor Manor after falling. She never returned to Tbe Lodge. I met Nancey at Mass there and took her back to her room. In her room, she said something I could not understand. She kept repeating it. I then told her I was sorry that I could not understand. She said, "Me too!" LookI laughed and said, "Well, I understand that, let's keep trying. The next time I repeated it back to her. Get the nurse!
Mom passed Oct 25 @3 am. That morning while packing up her things, I put a bear in a box and immediately felt like I was to leave it. I went out in the hall and there was Nancey, just who I was looking for, I told her that mom had passed. She asked me to repeat it. Then she said, *Aww", and opened her arms so wide to hug me. It was a beautiful moment. I then showed her the bear and how she could squeeze the foot. As soon as the bear started moving and making baby sounds she exclaimed, "I wuv it, I wuv it", over and over as it went through it's routine. It giggled and cooed baby sounds, wiggled his nose while raising it's arms in the air, hickuped and even snored when it fell asleep with breathe sounds and then one big sigh. The bear was a "fur baby", with lifelike features of a real baby bear. They had no problem communicating. I can see God's hand in all of this and hope this memory brings comfort to those who loved her. It did me in my time of need. Thanks for the memory, and God's speed. I did not know or would have been at Mass. Picture Sunday after Mass Oct. 28th at Noblesville Kroger. Remember to look UP.
November 2, 2018
Nancey was a dedicated and thoughtful co-worker at Larue Carter Hospital for many years. I admire the way she handled challenges and worked to help others.
November 2, 2018
I worked with Nancey at Larue Carter in the 1970's. She was very friendly and kind. We shared many laughs together. She will be missed.
November 1, 2018
I was honored when NanceyJo invited me to attend the ceremony during which she was handed the leash of E-ore, her first service companion. I would like to think they will spend eternity paw-in-hand.
John and Cindy Calley
October 30, 2018
We will miss you Nancy. You were an encouragement to us as we raised Helen. You provided helpful perspective and you were a good role model to Helen. We’re so happy she had you, an independent disabled adult, to encourage her.