Nancy Grigsby

Nancy Elaine Grigsby (Myers) (1958-2016)

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Nancy Elaine Grigsby (Myers)
(1958-2016)

Nancy Elaine (Myers) Grigsby Age 58 traveled to her new home in heaven on Thursday, November 10th. She was surrounded by her family as she shed her cancer ridden body and exchanged it for a perfect one.

She was born in Florence, Alabama, June 25, 1958. She graduated from Sheffield High School, where she was Miss Sheffield High School. She went on to graduate from Mississippi College, where she was Homecoming Queen and Miss MC. In addition, she was President of Pi Gamma Mu as well as President of Kissimmee and President of Baptist Young Women. She was a member of Who’s Who and the Hall of Fame. She topped off her time at MC by being awarded the Founders Award. That is the highest award that an be bestowed on a Senior. Her portrait is still hanging in the school along with all the other Founder’s Award winners.

She married her husband Bill, moved to Niceville, Florida in 1985 and immediately immersed herself in the community.

She had 3 great loves in life, Her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her family and Auburn Football. Why Auburn football when she went to school in Mississippi? Her oldest son, Taylor, was born premature and spent time in Oschner’s Clinic in New Orleans. Auburn was playing FSU in the Sugar bowl in 1988. The Auburn coaches took her in and to dinner during the week of the game. Former Coach Tommy Tuberville would call Nancy on her cell phone when she was having surgery. This past Thursday, the voice of the Auburn Tigers, Rod Bramblett, honored the passing of Nancy on his weekly radio program.

Nancy worked as a medial social worker and patient educator at Fresenius Medical Care. Her patients and co-workers were part of her extended family. If Nancy saw a need she filled it. She founded the Kidney Support group to aid patients going through dialysis. She started a patient fund account to aid patients who need help with living expenses. She saw how many of the patients had little or no family around at Christmas so she created a patient stocking program that gave Christmas stockings to hundreds of patients undergoing dialysis.

Two of her passions were First Baptist Church Niceville and Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. She was part of the fabric of FBCN and taught various classes and Bible studies the entire 31 years she attended. She led a Wednesday night ladies Bible study that soon outgrew a class room and had to be moved to the fellowship hall. She continued to teach through chemo treatments, often bringing a bucket in case she couldn’t make it the bathroom to get sick. She served on many church committees including the Board of Trustees. She started a Thanksgiving meal program that served close to 500 people last year. She was the de-facto Minister of Announcements, often getting applause just for making an announcement. She resurrected a Golf Tournament to raise money for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. This year the tournament raised $7,500 and she was out there working, even though she had trouble breathing and standing. For 30 years she went to the Council on Aging every month to throw them a birthday party, complete with cake and entertainment. If she was out of town for treatments she made sure the party went on. Nancy embodied the definition of a servant’s heart and she went about it with grace and humor.

She served on the Board of FBCH for over 20 years. She led numerous mission trips to Guatemala after she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer to work in a children’s Malnutrition Center. She enjoyed leading teams from FBCN her latest trip being this past June. The children of the center stole her heart; truth is, she gave it freely and couldn’t wait to return each year.

Some of her other involvements outside of the church include member of the Sacred Heart Foundation Board, Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser, Impact 100, Relay for Life, American Heart Association, Cancer Support Group. She was elected to the Okaloosa County Wall of Honor for Women.

Nancy was a very talented speaker. She traveled as far away as Germany to speak to women and church groups. She formed a speakers group with Julie, Angie and Christ, 3 other talented women. It was called Women of Purpose Speaks. Together they shared the gospel with groups around the country.

Some would say that she lost her battle with cancer. The truth is, cancer never had a chance with her. She lived close to 14 years after her diagnosis and accomplished more in that time than most people do in a lifetime. She brought people together with different backgrounds and personalities to effect change in the world. She could be the center of attention in a room without trying, because she made the room revolve around everyone else. Everyone who met her felt an instant connection. She had a unique gift of making everyone feel like they were her best friend. She lived her life according to Proverbs 31.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law Bill Grigsby, Sr. and brother-in-law, Greg.

She is survived by her parents, Doug and Ginny Myers of Sheffield, Alabama; her husband of 31 years, Bill Grigsby of Niceville, Florida; her sons Taylor and Parker (fiancee Erica); brother Doug; sister Sandy; mother-in-law, Sally Grigsby; sister-in-law, Marie Burns (Bill); also numerous nieces and nephews.

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