Nanette Elizabeth Terpay

August 25, 1959January 11, 2021

Nanette Elizabeth Terpay, age 61, of Gilbert, Arizona, died with her loving husband by her side, on Monday, January 11, 2021, at Banner Heart Hospital after a short illness.

Nanette was born August 25, 1959 in Chandler, Arizona at Williams Air Force Base. She was the daughter of Robert and Louise (Miller) Kelly. Nanette graduated from Chandler High School in 1977 and later attended Mesa Community College.

In 1978, Nanette joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, DC and became the secretary for the Division Chief in the Personnel Division. On a fluke, she joined a bowling team where she met the love of her life, Jon Terpay, who also worked for the FBI. Jon fell in love with her beauty, her smile, and her quick witted personality. They married in 1979 and were both transferred to the FBI Phoenix office and lived in the east valley to this day. After the birth of their first son, Nanette left the FBI and became a full-time mom where she and Jon raised 3 boys who she adored. Nanette and Jon were married for 41 years and she was the love of his life. Jon cherished her.

Nanette will forever be remembered for her spontaneous fun personality, her beautiful and contagious smile, her laughter, and her love for her family and friends. During her life, she volunteered and gave so much of her time to help hundreds of her friends with anything they needed.

The most important people in her life were her family, especially the love for her 5 grandchildren who called her Mimi.

Nanette’s memory is honored by: husband, Jon Terpay of Gilbert; her sons Brian (Emily) Terpay of Peoria, Arizona; Jeffrey (Justine) Terpay of San Tan Valley, Arizona; Christopher (Amanda) Terpay of Queen Creek, Arizona; her unofficial mother-in-law Susan Stoffregen of Waverly, Iowa; five loving grandchildren; Jace Terpay (7), Ella Terpay (6), Jayla Terpay (6), Collette Terpay (5), and Lyla Terpay (1). Nanette is survived by her siblings William (Lena) Kelly of Fountain Hills, Arizona; Robert (Holly) Kelly of Henderson, Nevada; Patricia (David) Roer of Chandler, Arizona; and Faith (Chuck) Noh of Redmond, Washington. Other relatives close to her include Trish (Dave) Marvel of Milford, Delaware; Michelle (Jim Dickinson) Seidel of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Joseph (Jennifer) Feichtel of Mesa, Arizona.

Nanette has been cremated and there will be no services at this time per her wishes. Memorials may be directed to her family and online condolences may be left at

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John Kelly

January 15, 2021

Jon and family:
I am deeply saddened and also surprised at the recent passing of Cousin Nanette. I cannot imagine the shock, hurt and devastation you have experienced with such a sudden loss and its gripping finality. It must be immense.
While she left life at a young age, I know she enjoyed and profited from a full life. Everything revolved around her family. She loved being a wife, mother and homemaker, and she was good at it. It brought pride and purpose to her. Grandchildren must have been among the pinnacles of her universe, allowing her to experience motherhood all over again, albeit more as a loving “supervisor.”
I know she was a talented amateur artist, maybe a closeted one, creating small handicrafts. Years ago she gave me a stenciled saguaro mounted on a small piece of barnwood, about 4 x 2 inches. I think Jon had cut the wood. It had a wire loop at the top for hanging, with a straw bow also attached. There was a cutout star at the tip of the cactus, with “Arizona” lettered on it in a delicate script. It’s always been on display in my home. And now, a memorial keepsake.
Please know you all remain in my thoughts and prayers, now and in the coming days. Find comfort in one another, in the trove of family memories and knowledge that you filled the heart of this fine woman with great joy.
John Kelly

Sorelle (King) Norman

January 15, 2021

I have very fond memories of Nannette. We went to Chandler High School together and if I am not mistaken, we were the shortest girls in high school. I know deep down inside that I was always a whole 1/4 in taller than Nannette.

Nannette’s personality was genuine and her eyes always smiled when she smiled or laughed . I’ll never forget her smiling eyes.

Rest In Peace Nannette, you are loved.


Sorelle King Norman

Ron Bayne

January 15, 2021

I have been blessed to come to know Jon within the last year through work. We met weekly and no single meet occurred where Jon did not mention with love and admiration both his wife and family. Although I never had the honor of personally meeting Nanette, Jon provided an image to me of an incredible person who he loved with all his heart. I regret not having had the opportunity to meet Nanette but feel as though I have though my friend Jon.

My most sincere and deepest condolences to the entire Terpay family and to everyone close to Nanette.

Ron Bayne

Dan Saban

January 13, 2021

Dearest Terpay family, my heart breaks for your loss. Your mom and dad represent ALL that is LOVE in marriage and family. Nan was one of the most LOVING and CARING people I have even been blessed to know. Her LOVE for your dad and his LOVE for her is a template for us ALL to strive for. She dedicated her entire life to all of you. Dear Nan, you are the "coolest" lady I've ever known, I so LOVED your inquisitive mind, your honest and heartfelt opinions, and that wickedly quick wit. I'm so grateful you allowed me to share a portion of your WONDERFUL/LOVING life and most of all sharing your AMAZING family with the rest of us. I LOVE YOU ALL! Thoughts and Prayers for your pain, grief, and may God wrap his LOVING arms around you..