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Nancy Huff, 1935-2020
Hope Clinic co-founder, Hospice chaplain
January 9, 2020

Obituary and life story submitted by the family

ancy and Will Huff moved to Oriental in 1995 for the sailing. They spent time on the water on board their Hunter 34, Godspeed. Nancy and Will quickly joined the like-minded members of SCOO, but they also grew to love the kind and caring community they found in and around town.

Nancy Huff passed away on January 1, 2020 in New Bern.

Nancy, along with Marny Muir and leaders of the St Thomas Episcopal Church, started Hope Clinic to meet the growing needs for healthcare for the uninsured in the county. As the clinic grew and received seed money from a Duke endowment, Nancy became President of the board and worked to establish a full time director and consistent fund raising.

Nancy Huff with grandson Gabriel and husband Will.

Highlights include the Root Beer Float/Blood Pressure Check booth at Croakerfest each summer, and the annual Hope Ball, with a silent auction that generally included a flight to Ocracoke for lunch, flown by Will.

Nancy served as a hospice chaplain for many years and was also active in choir, missions and service at Oriental United Methodist Church. She spent several months in Armenia helping to build an orphanage there, and supported the Kies family in their teaching at Africa University. Both Nancy and Will sang in the Pamlico Chorale for several years, enjoying the company and the many performances.

Nancy suffered a debilitating stroke in 2017, and the Huffs moved to New Bern a year later, but still considered Oriental to be “home.”

Her memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11 at Trinity United Methodist Church in New Bern at 11am. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the church.

Posted Thursday January 9, 2020 by Allison DeWeese

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