Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley, 89, of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello.
Nancy Blackwell Ansley was born on April 27, 1929, in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Tyre Lee “Preacher” Roper and Nora Stradley Roper. Her family moved to Jasper County; she lived in Monticello until 1969.
Before moving to Madison in 1969, Nancy owned and operated Kathryn’s Flowers for a few years. Her late husband, Thomas Leon Blackwell, passed away in 1981; and she remarried the late Hamilton Goss Ansley in 1983. She worked as a real estate developer in the Lake Oconee area for a few years. They moved to North Carolina in the late 1980’s and managed condominiums.
In 2003, she moved to Mansfield to live near her son, Wayne. She was a member of Luther Hays Presbyterian Church in Mansfield.
Nancy Ansley was a girl scout leader for a number of years, an avid gardener, great cook and seamstress.
In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Sammy Blackwell; brothers, Tommy Roper and T. L. Roper; and sister, June Walton.
She is survived by her children, Ginny Toulou of Panama City Beach, Florida, Wayne Blackwell (fiancée, Jackie Lindsey) of Mansfield; Gene (Lauri) Blackwell of Lake Granby, Colorado and Jo (Craig) Clark of Cartersville; grandchildren, Randi Decosta-Peiler, Neil Youngblood, Taylor Chriswell, Lee Blackwell, Christine Blackwell, Robert Blackwell, Thomas Clark, Jason Clark and Joseph Clark; 10 great grandchildren; and sisters, Becky Henderson of Monticello and Susie Layton of Delaware.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Newborn. Chaplain Jim Ross officiated.
The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m.., Tuesday, May 15, at Jordan Funeral Home 264 Hillsboro Street, Monticello, Georgia.