January 12, 1956 – November 16, 2021
Our beloved Nancy Dockery gained her angel wings on November 16, 2021 with her family by her side following a sudden and catastrophic stroke. She was 65 years young.
Nancy Lynn Cole was born January 12, 1956 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Eldon “Pete” Cole and Billie Ann Stacy. The family lived in Canon City, Colorado before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1960. Nancy attended Valley and Rancho High Schools before graduating from Rancho in 1974. Nancy shared fond memories of her time in Rainbow Girls and racing her 1968 Rambler and 1973 Datsun 240Z.
In 1975, Nancy was a checker at Lucky’s grocery store when she met a cute 3-year-old little girl named Lisa Anne Dockery and her handsome dad Doc. Doc & Nancy were wed September 27, 1980 and recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Together, they had one daughter, Stacy.
Nancy was proud to return to school and graduated from the (then) Community College of Southern Nevada with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1992. Nancy spent the next 25 years teaching adults and children alike to “do the F word every night” and brush and FLOSS their teeth. Nancy was passionate about oral health education and helping the underserved. She was instrumental in helping develop the Huntridge Teen Clinic and enjoyed helping at numerous community dental health programs and initiatives, including Give Kids a Smile Day and Future Smiles. She was also ordained as an Episcopal Deacon in 1995, and spent many years serving her church before stepping back to focus on her family.
Nancy had the biggest heart, warmest smile, and gave the best hugs. She loved cooking and made sure no one ever went hungry. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and any new adventure. Since her retirement in 2018, Nancy most loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, and golden retriever Lucy. Nancy will be dearly missed, as 65 years was just not long enough.
Nancy is survived by her husband Jan “Doc” Dockery, daughters Stacy Pokorny (Matthew) and Lisa Chao (Paul), grandchildren Jalyn Chao, Cameron Chao, Luke Pokorny, and Ryann Pokorny, sister Vickie Campbell, nieces Tricia and Amber, "parents at heart" Swede and Fran Swenson, and her beloved golden retriever Lucy. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Pete & Billie and brother Dennis. Our "Nana" embraced the belief that family didn't have to be blood and loved each member of that "extended family" like her own.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Palm Mortuary Cheyenne, 7400 West Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas. Service will be at 12 noon with reception to follow at the same location from 1-3:00 p.m. Please do not feel the need to dress in black, as we all know Nancy’s spirit was entirely too bright not to be celebrated!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation in Nancy’s name to your favorite charity or to the American Stroke Association (www.stroke.org) for continued stroke education and research.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Palm Cheyenne Mortuary
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Palm Cheyenne Mortuary
November 26, 2021
Just want to make a quick note that Nancy was not just a client of mine for her Medicare Insurance, she and Jan were friends too. I have fond memories of her quick wit. She certainly was so spunky!! I enjoyed each time we spoke. I will miss her and I am grateful to have met her and her husband, Jan. Blessings to the family and Jan during this difficult time. As a woman of faith, I believe she is with our Lord, I am sure she is keeping all the angels smiling.
Sincerely, Vanja Sullivan
November 21, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing - my sincere condolences to her family. I met Nancy when I was in Dental Hygiene school in 1999. I had the good fortune of getting to know her as a teacher, then a colleague, and then a friend. I was blessed to have known this incredibly lovely lady. We spent many hours working and laughing in various aspects of the Dental Hygiene community. Nancy always put her heart and soul into everything she did and I considered her a mentor in how to live your life to the fullest. Nan you will be missed by everyone you touched on this earth.
November 20, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire Dockery Family.
Nancy was a kind and loving woman with a heart full of joy. During her time with Future Smiles, in her own unique and special way, Nancy touched the lives of so many children making their smiles happy and bright. Nancy's love lives on in these children and in those of us that were fortunate to have known her.
My sincere sympathy to her family.
Terri Chandler, RDH