October 24, 1937 ~ March 10, 2013
From Harvey Waters: 'Nancy Jo Brown was a wonderful and beautiful lady that aspired to be the best person that she could be. Nancy always wanted to be a part and to contribute to her family, friends and to her community. Nancy was a wonderful daughter, a friend, a wife, a grand mother, a great grand mother and mother. I won the lottery the day I was born. Yes, I was born the first son to my mother, Nancy. My mother was passionate about life. She was passionate about “right” verses wrong. My mother was passionate about good verses evil. My mother was passionate about her family. My mother was passionate about her dear friends and those close to her. And may I thank you all, my mothers friends for celebrating this day and celebrating my mothers life. People that my mother touched through out her life were all better for having been touched by my mother. My mother was intelligent, wise and had inductive, deductive and common sense reasoning skills. My mother was well versed add opinionated about anything and everything that she had an interest in. My mother had very little tolerance for nonsense and untruths that passed her way. Government and politics interested my mother. My mother loved her country and the principles and values set forth by our founding fathers. My mother was indeed a lady with principles and values that she held dear which was the road map in charting her course in life. I am a better person for having my mother, Nancy. I am blessed to have had that shining light, my mother to have guided me and showed me how to live. I only wish that I may live with the love, the courage and grace that my mother did.' Nancy was born In Ashland Ohio On October 24, 1937, to Joseph & Elizabeth Griffith. She applied herself to her education and early on studied and practiced Ballet. She was Majorette of her high school band, and graduated from Ashland High School in 1955. After graduation Nancy moved on to Akron, OH where she studied radiology and then became an X-ray technician. As an x-ray technician, she eventually moved to Las Vegas, NV, where she worked at So. Nevada Memorial Hospital and met an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Harvey Waters. Nancy was mother to two sons, Harvey Waters and Mark Brown. Tragically in 2007 Mark died of a sudden heart attack. A part of her life was spent on the wild side and she battled alcohol until 1986 when she took her last drink and remained sober the remainder of her life. Through AA, Bill W., and many of her friends, she found acceptance and peace and a way to life without alcohol as well a way to help many others on their journey of sobriety. In 1991, Nancy was diagnosed with COPD. She had always been active, happy involved and vibrant lady and now yet another turn and an obstacle to over come in here life. But Nancy was a fighter, lover and had a strong willed. She was always ready to take on a battle and what ever stood in her way. The COPD battle was the battle she could not find a way to win, but she did find a way to coexist with the awful disease and amazed her doctors for surviving, living and fighting on for 22-years. On March 10th , 2013 at 2:45 in the wee hours of the morning Nancy passed peacefully from this life. She did not fight. She did not suffer and God took Nancy from us.