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Nancy E. Harshbarger

Nancy E. Harshbarger, age 76, of Shelby, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Nancy was born on May 24, 1937 in Ashtabula, Ohio to the late Rev. Dr. Stanley J. and Eleanor (Gavin) Shoemaker. She was a 1955 graduate of Lakewood High School and had attended Mount Union College. Nancy was the secretary at Dowds Elementary School in Shelby for 20 years, retiring in 1997. Nancy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Shelby and had also been active volunteering at Med Central Shelby Hospital, was past president of Newcomers Club in Shelby, past president of the pledge class of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and was a former member of Shelby Garden Club and Shelby Hospital Guild.

On August 31, 1957 Nancy married David B. Harshbarger and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Jill A. (Ray) Ryan of Cazenovia, NY, Julie (Ken) Swanger-Ensman of Shelby; 4 grandchildren: Kayla (John) Roberts of Columbus, Erica (Tyler) Fairchild of North Dakota, Connor Ryan of Oregon, Liam Ryan of Cazenovia, NY; a great granddaughter: Brooklyn Roberts; 3 step-grandchildren: Andrew Ensman, Chris Ensman, Sarah Adkins; 2 step-great grandchildren: Ayden Ensman, Savannah Adkins; a sister: Cynthia (Lynn) Wright of Maryland; a sister-in-law: Marilyn Wittebort; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father: Rev. Dr. Stanley J. Shoemaker; her mother: Eleanor Shoemaker Frank; her step-father: Richard Frank; a son-in-law: John W. Swanger.

Friends and family are welcome on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 5-7 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted at 7 PM with Rev. Tom Snyder officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church in Shelby or Hospice of North Central Ohio.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Barbara Parsons Fensch says:

    Dear Julie, Kayla, Erica and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom/grandma. She was one of the sweetest lady’s I have ever known. She would always give me a hug and spend a long time talking with me when I would go to the school. I know you will greatly miss her. The world has lost one of the best, but heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Love to you all.

    Barbara Parsons Fensch

  2. Ed and Jean Russell says:

    Very sorry to learn of your mother passing. Our sympathies to all of you.

    Ed and Jean

  3. Ann Imhoff says:

    Dave and family
    My prayers and love are with you. Nancy was such a gracious lady. My last good conversation with her was at Erica’s wedding. I will always remember that talk. She is in such a good place now.
    Love to all
    Ann and family

  4. Jeanette Brown says:

    Julie, I was so sorry to read about your mom passing. She use to come in the library and I always enjoyed her upbeat personality. I didn’t know that was your mom. And like many of us girls miss our moms and I know you will too, but we have to trust and believe God has her in his care. You take care, keeping the family in my prayers these next days as it will be sad before the healing will take place. Jeanette Brown

  5. Kim Geary says:

    Dave, Julie,and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Nancy. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Steve, Kim and Christian

  6. Rob, Suzanne and Jordyn Parrigan says:

    We really enjoyed getting to know you and Nancy while visiting my dad at Crestwood. I’ll always think of Nancy when I walk down the hall. So sorry, Nancy will be missed. You’re in our prayers.
    The Parrigan’s

  7. Joel Hunter says:

    What a blessing the Shoemaker family was to Shelby! I am praying for the Harshbarger family – that your whole family will sense God’s grace and love as Nancy experiences the immeasurable joy of heaven.

  8. Dick & Elaine Chapman says:

    Dear Julie & family,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Just always remember that she remains with you forever. Her body is gone but her love, care & spirit are with you always. She’ll be there for all the joys & all the tears…even if you can’t see her, she remains there as your very special angel to watch over you & help you when times are bad & smile with you when you revel in the beauty of a grand child’s first steps. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

  9. Steve & Ellen Haverfield says:

    Julie, so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our prayers and sympathy are sent your way. God bless and keep you and your whole family.

    Steve & Ellen Haverfield

  10. Wanda Dean says:

    Dear Dave and family,

    I was so saddened to hear about Nancy. Nancy was so special to all of us at the school! Her gentle ways, calmness, and positive attitude brought us all sunshine in even “stormy” days! She touched the lives of all of those who were blessed to have had paths cross with hers. She will be missed! I keep all of you in prayer and thoughts during your journey of healing from this loss!

  11. Harold Windram says:

    Dear Dave and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Nancy was a grand lady and a wonderful friend!

  12. Dave and Julie(Korbas) Noggle says:

    Dear Mr. Harshbarger, Jill, Julie and Family,

    We send our deepest sympathy and prayers. We hope for peace for you all.

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