Our beloved wife and mother, Nancy Hege Paar, was born on September 13, 1937 in Forsyth County, North Carolina to Kelen and Vera Snyder Hege. She died on April 8, 2015, after an eight-year struggle with breast cancer. Nancy was educated in Forsyth County public schools and received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1959. She and her husband, John, were married in 1961 and recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary with their family.
Surviving family members include daughters Karen Paar of Weaverville, NC; Sallie Paar of Asheville; and Rachel Paar of Asheville, as well as her husband Andrew Pooser and children Audrey and William Pooser. Also surviving are sisters Elsie Kinney and Edith Crook of Winston-Salem, N.C. and brother Raymond Hege of Mechanicsburg, Virginia.
Nancy was a loving and very nurturing wife, mother, and grandmother, with many interests and a lifelong desire for learning. She had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed travel. She was a voracious reader, a talented gardener and seamstress, and she had great love for the outdoors and animals. Nancy was an enthusiastic recycler and advocate for responsible care of the Earth. She was a passionate supporter of human rights and, especially during the 1980s, a peace activist and supporter of Central American refugees fleeing wars in that region. She and John worked for many years on projects for the poor in Nicaragua.
An ecumenical prayer service will be held on Saturday, April 11th at 9 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh, led by Fr. David McBriar and the Reverend Jane Rose.
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Nancy leaves behind many friends—fellow hikers, readers, and those who shared lunch and good conversation.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the SPCA of Wake County, 100 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603 or http://www.spca wake.org.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St.