Nancy Jean (Lester) Doty was born July 3, 1930 to the union of Ellen Edith (Ridley) and Elcie Lester in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She became a Registered Nurse after attending school in Kansas City, Missouri. She retired from a fulfilled nursing career of over 20 years, 15 of which were spent in service at Lutheran Hospital and Saint Joseph Hospital, where she was the First African American Registered Nurse to work at that hospital. She was honored in the African American Historical Society Museum for being the first Registered Nurse at Saint Joseph Hospital here in Fort Wayne.
Nancy was known as "Mom" , "Mother Doty", "Grandma Doty", "Grandma", "G-G" or "Queen of Gospel". She gave her life to Christ at an early age and was a longtime and devoted member of Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Nancy served on the Trustee Board as well as the Senior Choir, the Chapelares, the Voices of Praise, and faithful for sending out cards to members of Turner for all occasions.
During Nancy's 89 years, God blessed us to be among her. For those who knew her, her resourcefulness outshined most things about her. Anything Nancy put her hands on, she could make use of. She was always willing to give a helping hand, and her will to never stop or give up is what we will remember most.
She enjoyed baking with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, praising God and spending time outside in the porch or in her garden. Her famous dishes were Hanky-Panky's Monkey Bread, homemade dinner rolls and the sweetest Sun Tea. The sweetest memory her family has is the many peanut butter cookies, she made for the postman, trash man, Serv-All and Journal Gazette workers.
On Monday, January 6, 2020 at 8:42 a.m., she went home to the King.
Nancy leaves to cherish precious memories and celebrate her legacy; two sons, Mary (Frances) Doty of Dayton, Ohio and Brian (Cathy) Doty of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Annette Wilson of Indianapolis and Karla Doty of Fort Wayne; sister, Ruth E. Lyons of Roswell, GA; ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; special niece, Ellen (Darren) Freeman; goddaughter, Denise Morris; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred K. Doty; daughter, Gail Doty; parents, Elcie and Edith Lester; grandson, Maurice Doty; and great granddaughter, Kahmyrie Harris.
She will be laid to rest in Concordia Cemetery Gardens
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