Nancy R. Roy

02/02/1931 — 04/02/2014

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Chicago, IL

Nancy R. Roy

Nancy Rand Roy, 83, a resident of Richland, WA for 53 years, passed away on the 2nd of April, 2014. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law; Ellen Horween of Chicago, IL, and Nora and Walter Stern of Saint Louis, MO.; nephew Arnold Horween III, of Chicago, IL.; nieces, Lisa Kelley and Shane Schweitzer of Gig Harbor WA., Jamie Driver of Alexandria, VA, and Melissa Gleason of Seattle, WA. Nancy is also survived by her special friends Janice, Gary and Nick Atkin, and Margaret and Sean Dulaney.

Nancy was united in marriage to the love of her life, Norman, on August 25, 1953 at Our Lady of The Snows Catholic Church in Ketchum, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, her Father, Edwin Stanton Rand; her Mother, Alma Jane Austrian Shoenberg; and her Step Father, Sydney M. Shoenberg, Jr.

Nancy was born in Chicago on Feb. 2, 1931. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1948. She attended Brownmoor school for girls in Phoenix from 1949-51, and attended Maryland College for women, in Lutherville, MD, for two years. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education on May 26, 1954 from the University of Arizona majoring in Physical Education, minoring in Biology. She also held special-education, elementary, and secondary teaching certificates. She taught physical education in grades 3 through 8 at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church in Tucson, AZ. during 1954 and was Assistant Manager and Head Swimming Instructor of Saint Ambrose Pool from 1958 through 1960. She taught PE and Health at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, AZ from 1955 to 1960. Nancy coached volleyball, tennis, softball, basketball and also supervised the Girls Athletic Association until she moved to Richland in June of 1960. Nancy continued teaching after arriving in Richland. She taught physical education at Carmichael Junior High School in Richland from 1960 to 1972 and at Hanford High School from 1973 to 1991. She was a member of the Richland Education Association, the Washington Education Association, and the National Education Association. Nancy also coached volleyball at Hanford HS from 1973 through 1983 and took the team to AA playoffs from 1977 to 1981. Her team finished second at State in 1978 and fourth in 1980 and was undefeated in Mid-Valley League in 1977, 1978, and 1981. She was awarded "Special Service Recognition" from Richland Education Association 1980-1981. Nancy retired from Richland Schools on July 1, 1991 with 31 years of service. She was inducted into the Hanford High School "Falcon Hall of Fame" on Jan 30, 1999.

Nancy was a volunteer for the Benton-Franklin Chapter of the American National Red Cross where she taught the Water Safety Instructor-Trainer Classes at the Memorial Pool and at the YMCA Pool in Richland for more than 20 years. Nancy also worked for the City of Richland Recreation Dept. during the summers as a Life Guard, Swimming Instructor and coached synchronized swimming at the Memorial Pool until 1979.

Nancy loved her yard and took pride in her many roses. She was a member of the Tri-City Rose Society, Walla Walla Rose Society and The American Rose society. She won many awards from the shows and major trophies in 1984, 1991, 1999, and 2000. She was a season ticket holder of the Tri-City American Hockey team and a member of the Christ the King Church in Richland.

Graveside services will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Richland, Washington on April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, family and friends suggest a donation to the American Cancer Society, Tri City Rose Society or another charity of your choosing.

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  • RIP Mrs. Roy……..I have always held a special place in my heart for you…….Fly high sweet Angel

    Julie Burke Bruner

    Julie Bruner
    November 4, 2014
    Gladewater, TX, USA
  • Nancy was a friend for over 30 years. She taught me to love miniature roses and how to share that love with others. Sincere condolences to her family. A life well-lived. She will be missed a great deal.

    Janet Bryant
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • I remember Mrs. Roy from 7th grade P.E. I hated the part she made us all take community showers! My twin and I were at the age of going from a girl to a young lady! We hadn’t developed as fast as some very memorable girls. Initials, J.E. was one, my grade, who I was so jealous of and P.M. 9th grade! They had the most perfect bodies, in the eyes of my adolescent mind! I was so uncomfortable,and embarrassed, as I know my sis was too!

    Funny, the things that stand out in our minds. I remembered her always being so tan!

    I had crossed paths with her, at downtown Richland many years ago, and I recognized her, and said HELLO! RIP Mrs. Roy… I will always remember my P.E. days with you! I think..lol Age, has a different plan…:-/

    Debbie Pietz
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, United, States
  • RIP Mrs. Roy……..I have always held a special place in my heart for you…….Fly high sweet Angel

    Julie Burke Bruner

    Julie Bruner
    November 4, 2014
    Gladewater, TX, USA
  • Nancy was a friend for over 30 years. She taught me to love miniature roses and how to share that love with others. Sincere condolences to her family. A life well-lived. She will be missed a great deal.

    Janet Bryant
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • I remember Mrs. Roy from 7th grade P.E. I hated the part she made us all take community showers! My twin and I were at the age of going from a girl to a young lady! We hadn’t developed as fast as some very memorable girls. Initials, J.E. was one, my grade, who I was so jealous of and P.M. 9th grade! They had the most perfect bodies, in the eyes of my adolescent mind! I was so uncomfortable,and embarrassed, as I know my sis was too!

    Funny, the things that stand out in our minds. I remembered her always being so tan!

    I had crossed paths with her, at downtown Richland many years ago, and I recognized her, and said HELLO! RIP Mrs. Roy… I will always remember my P.E. days with you! I think..lol Age, has a different plan…:-/

    Debbie Pietz
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, United, States
  • Mrs. Roy was a wonderful teacher & person. I really enjoyed being in her class & being her TA for 2 years. She taught me a lot! R.I.P. Wonderful lady, you will be missed. I’ll see you on the other side. God bless you!!

    Terri Vanderwind Oney
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, USA
  • Nancy RIP . Ruel and I are better people for knowing you. I will miss seeing your roses ,all 520 of them in your garden.

    Elizabeth Watson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, United, States
  • Ms Roy was my first swimming instructor at the Big Pool in the mid-fifties. She worked for my dad, Ernie Curtis, Richland Recreation Director, at the pool during the summers. I remember watching numerous water ballet shows which she directed. So sorry for your loss.

    Jeff Curtis
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA
  • Nancy was an incredible person and synchronized swimming coach. I was on one of the ‘first’ synchronized swim teams and we all loved her. It was incredible how she would let both strong and weaker swimmers on the team…no one was turned away and turn us into an amazing, talented group..a wonderful way to spend summers in Richland. She made my life so much richer and inspired a great number of young girls to work hard to achieve their dreams.

    Toby 'Wheeler' Davis
    November 4, 2014
    WA
  • Mrs.Nancy Roy taught me how to swim at George Prout Pool in Richland.I remember her being very kind and easy going.My parents Jerry and Janet Webster would play bridge with Norman and Nancy on occasion and I remember Norman having a very distictive laugh.I could tell Nancy and Norman loved each other very much.God be with you until we meet again

    Chris Webster
    November 4, 2014
    Tacoma, WA, usa
  • Mrs. Roy was my PE teacher at Hanford High School and we all LOVED her! Until a few years ago I would also see her at the Tri-City Americans’ hockey games! I don’t think there was a sport she didn’t like. My condolences go out to her family as she will be greatly missed!

    Joanne Dunn Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, USA
  • Being scared silly when she made us play dodge ball in PE class, warming the bench on one of her basketball teams, and getting in trouble for shenanigans in the girls locker room are among my fondest memories of Mrs. Roy. She devoted her life to her students.

    Susan Senner
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • As a teacher and coach, Mrs. Roy sure kept you in line. Then I TA’d for her and, wow, what a hoot! Mrs. Roy was my softball coach, volleyball coach, and PE teacher at Hanford High – I played on the volleyball teams she took to state – we got away with nothing while there; her eagle eye caught everything! A wonderful lady; a great inspiration!

    Diane Ballard Kahler
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • Nancy–my teacher, my role model, and my friend. I started taking PE from her in 1972, where she made us wear “monkey suits” with our names on the pocket and tennis shoes with our names CLEARLY on the outside of the shoes! I quickly grew to admire her humor and the wise cracks she didn’t try to hide. When she cocked her head to the side, I knew a low-toned, dry remark, usually dripping with sarcasm, was soon to be shared. For six years Nancy put up with my friends and me and shared her love of all sports, especially the best game ever played–warball! Nancy was Hanford’s pioneer for girls’ athletics. She even offered a co-ed class for those of us working to avoid excess math! On graduation day, we played “flag” football. Right. I ended up in the emergency room in need of stitches with Nancy at my side. When I returned to student teach at Hanford, Nancy and Norman took me to Pizza Hut every Tuesday evening. Nancy was one of those special teachers in many students’ lives.

    Debbie Montgomery Bell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • To the family of Nancy Roy. Thank you Nancy for all you did for so many people all those years. The number of people kids and adults who learned to swim because of you would be staggering to know. I had you for about 4 different classes, and then WSI so many years ago almost 50 in fact. Then later on when I spent time as both the First Aid chairman and Health and Safety Service Chairman for the local Red Cross our paths crossed again. Thank you for all your years and that you her family. May God Bless.

    Mike Tesky

    Michael Tesky
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA