Nancy J. Anne

January 25, 2021
Nancy J Anne
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Canandaigua- Nancy J. Anne, 79, was called to our Lord at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, January 25th, 2021, after years of battling emphysema and congestive heart failure. She passed peacefully at home in the arms of her loving family, exactly as she had wished. Per Nancy’s request, there will be no services at this time. She preferred that you join us for a celebration of her life this coming 4th of July (Sun. 7-04-21) at 11:30 a.m. at the family farm, 3635 Depew Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Our Lady of Mercy High School, 1437 Blossom Rd., Rochester, NY 14610; or Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456-1336.
Daughter of Clair J. and Helen (Sanger) Ballou, Nancy was born on March 9th, her own Mother’s birthday, during the blizzard of 1941. She was the second child and oldest daughter of a close-knit family that would grow to 10 in their home on Avenue A.
Nancy graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in 1959, and stayed close with so many of the “Mercy girls” right up until her death.
Nancy worked outside the home for many years at General Dynamics and over 17 years at GM Precast. Her main love, though, was for family, which she started after marrying her best friend, Douglas G. Anne, January 25, 1964. Together they had two children, Michael and Patricia.
Nancy’s hobbies and interests could always be traced back to family-bowling on a 3-generation team with her mother and daughter, sewing clothing for her children and grandchildren, and tiny doll clothes for them as well. Whether she was on the floor coloring with them or teaching them to garden, it was always about her kids, grandkids and goddaughter, Jen, who she helped to raise.
Coaching softball for her daughter’s team, she became dedicated to bringing W.A.A. Girls Softball to the forefront. She fought fiercely for the equality of girls’ teams – for fields, equipment, uniforms, etc. Because of her dedication to the girls’ program, she was named Webster’s Citizen of the Year and had one of the softball fields named after her.
Residing in West Webster for 26 years meant taking on the role of “WW Fire Dept. Wife.” For 25 years she manipulated mealtime and did more than her share of carting the kids so Doug could be out saving lives, helping others and still gather as a family for dinner. When Nancy did finally take some time to herself, you could find her at a condo in Florida or on a cruise ship with her sisters- it was all about the sunshine… and family.
It would be impossible to describe Nancy with one word, as she was so much to so many. A loving, dedicated wife, friend and confidant to her husband, Doug. A strong, principled, devoted Mom to Mike and Tricia. A warm and generous grandma to all, not just her own. “Grams”, as everyone called her, was so giving and constantly helping others. It was not uncommon for extra people to be found in the guestroom, on the couch or porch, or both…she would open her heart and home to anyone needing a safe place and an ear. Unless… it was 7 p.m. because all who knew her knew… 7 p.m. is Wheel of Fortune.”
Nancy died the way she lived, with strength and conviction, always worrying about those she loved, instead of herself. She was set free on 1/25, her granddaughter, Nikki’s birthday, and her and Doug’s 57th Wedding Anniversary, forever making this day extra special in our hearts.
Many thanks to Ontario-Yates Hospice for your loving care of Nancy and of Douglas and Tricia as well. The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful ICU nurses at F.F. Thompson who not only cared for her body, but made her feel extra special. Extra special is ICU nurse Ciara “Kiki”, who, with the voice of an angel, sang to Nancy in the hospital and here in her home. She loved it and how fitting… “It’s time to say goodbye.”
Nancy is survived by her husband and best friend of 57 years, Douglas Anne; her daughters, Patricia Meyer and Kathleen Scott-Anne; son, Michael J. (Patti) Anne; goddaughter, Jennifer Schlegel Brown; grandchildren, Katie, Rachel, Sarah and Michael (Shawna) Anne, Mikayla and Katrina Meyer, Nikki (Bryce) Nalbach and her newest joy, great-granddaughter, Jemma Jane Nalbach; sisters, Susan and Karen Ballou and Joan (Robert) Schlegel; brothers, David (Barb) Ballou and Thomas “TJ” Ballou; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and dear friends.
Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Clair J. and Helen Ballou, brother, Richard (Barb Terhaar) Ballou and sister, Mary Ann Ballou.

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