White, Nancy

Nancy Margaret White, 79, died Sept. 23, 2017, in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family.

Nancy was born in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Lorraine and Margaret Bancroft. She became active in church and school events as a young woman, and was also known as a good athlete. Nancy graduated from Morenci High School in 1956 and went on to study at Michigan State University. She later earned a masters degree in counseling and guidance in 1971 from Wayne State University. 

Nancy met Daryl Lee White in Morenci and they were married in 1962. They moved to Royal Oak in 1966 and to Fraser in 1972, where she taught school, volunteered for countless organizations, and raised her family. Nancy taught in the Fraser Public Schools from 1962 to 1985. She worked for MEA–Local One, representing and advocating for educators for more than a decade.

Nancy served as chair of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, after representing her district for more than four years on the county commission. One of Nancy’s greatest accomplishments was helping elect David Bonior to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, where she served as his campaign manager. 

Nancy dedicated her career and life to helping others, as demonstrated by her activism on so many community organizations–chair, Mental Health Board of Macomb County; United Way Community Service Director; and Creating a Healthier Macomb. Her community was so important to Nancy.

As important as her services, her family was her greatest love. Becoming a grandmother and being able to watch the kids grow up was her true love. Watching baseball, basketball and lacrosse games, as well as dance recitals, golf matches and acro tournaments, were a great joy to her. Nancy loved her chocolate, and her grandkids are happy to carry on that tradition.

Nancy is survived by her sister, Barbara Symanski, and her brother, John Bancroft;  two children, Karen (and Rob) Johnson and Douglas (and Kyung) White; and five grandchildren, McCall, Quinn, Catherine, Andrew and Justin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daryl Lee White.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Brain Cancer Institute or the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.