Nancy Ann Delaney

December 16, 1926April 11, 2018

Nancy Delaney passed away peacefully on April 12, 2018. She had been in Meadowview Assisted Living since last March and went into Willowbrook Nursing Center in February of this year. She was born December 16, 1926, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, to parents John and Margaret (Anderson) Staley.

Nancy was a such a fine lady. Her life was filled with rich experiences as she traveled all over the world and made it to all the 7 continents. Her hands created beautiful paintings, exquisite hand work, wonderful sounds from the piano and organ, and incredible items of clothing. Nancy was not only capable, she also loved to ice skate and bicycle. Her first European adventure was on a bicycle after college graduation.

Nancy was involved with groups at Newcomers and University Women over the years and was often a model in the style shows. Nancy was an artist and had originally wanted to work full time in a job to utilize her artistic talents. However, she started teaching art in Arizona and it became her passion. In 1963, Nancy was named Arizona's winner of the U. S. Elementary Teachers for Excellence in teaching award. The programs she developed for her students enabled them to be successfully competitive in student art shows. Nancy had a Bachelor's degree in teaching and art and a Master's in Art History. She and her husband moved to Nacogdoches in the 1960s when her husband, Dr.Creighton Delaney, became the Chairman of the Art Department at SFASU. She was described by family as being happy, fun, lovely enthusiastic, and forever young. Her friends from afar said she was gentle, adventurous, well educated, talented, fun, elegant and smart. She will be missed by all.

A private service will be held for Mrs. Delaney at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.


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Nancy Ann Delaney

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Jill Carrington

April 16, 2018

I have very fond memories of Nancy and connected with her as an art lover. She immersed herself in the arts. During the 1990s she joined the day trips sponsored by the SFA Department of Art that Eloise Adams or I organized to visit art museums in Houston, Dallas or Fort Worth. We always chatted at art exhbition openings at Griffith Gallery and later the Cole Art Center. She also attended the Friday night films at the Cole Art Center.

Ella Tatum

April 13, 2018

Nancy was a neighbor from 1971 - 2007. She always encouraged me to enjoy travel and to look for opportunities to enjoy new experiences.