Anna “Nancy” Brood ~ June 27, 1950 – February 10, 2017
Anna “Nancy” Brood was born on June 27, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA to Eugene Garrett and Anna Stewart Davis. She was named Anna for her mother and for Saint Anna though everyone always called her Nancy. Nancy lost her father when she was 10 years old and thereafter she and her older sister Betty helped their mother raise 2 younger brothers – Albert and Gary. By the time Nancy turned 18 she was working 3 jobs building a life of independence. She met her husband Louis when he became a customer of the bank where she worked as a teller. “It was love at first sight,” Lou always says. Nancy and Lou married in 1975 and soon after bought a home in Mount Laurel, NJ where they raised their 3 children – Elizabeth, Kathryn, and Garrett. Nancy was always incredibly proud of her children and she stayed home with them as they grew then became active in their school community at Countryside Elementary. She volunteered as a crossing guard for a few years before taking a job within the school as an educational assistant. Nancy was passionate about and put her whole heart into working with children whose learning or developmental needs were best supported with one-on-one assistance. In her free time outside of work and raising her family, she loved crafting and baking but even more she loved gifting her creations to those she loved and admired. She was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter tandy cakes, hand-painted Christmas decorations, iris-fold cards, and hand-sewn pillows. Nancy spent the last 7 years of her life living with Alzheimer’s Disease being cared for at home by her children along with a team of amazing caregivers. Nancy always yearned for grand babies and her wish was granted in 2013 when her first grandchild – Louis James – was born. Her heart opened even wider in 2016 when twin granddaughters – Natalie and Nora – came into the world. She loved being a Mommom more than anything. Nancy died at home on February 10, 2017 surrounded by the family she adored. Her passage from life leaves an aching hole in our hearts. Nancy is survived by her husband Louis, daughters Elizabeth Wolf (Casey) and Kathryn Pendleton (Jonathan), son Garrett, grandson Louis Pendleton, granddaughters Natalie and Nora Pendleton, her beloved caregiver of 4.5 years Tracy DeLarge, her sister Elizabeth Haist (Glenn), and nieces Sarah and Emily.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Nancy’s honor to Hilarity for Charity – an organization that provides in-home care support for families of Alzheimer’s patients and that supported Nancy’s own family throughout the last year and a half of her life: http://hilarityforcharit
Family and friends are invited to attend her memorial visitation on Thursday February 16, 2017 from 6-8 PM followed by a celebration of her life, both at the Mount Laurel Home for Funerals – 212 Ark Road Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.