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Nancy Jane Bloom Geary completed her journey here on earth Aug. 31 after a brave six-year battle with ALS. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family, friends, and loving caregivers. Caring for people was the focus of Nancy’s life. Beyond caring for extended family and friends, she was a nurse and later a pediatric nurse practitioner and family therapist. She graduated from Alderson Broaddus College with a nursing degree in 1964 and became a registered nurse. She taught nursing at West Virginia University while starting a family.
After moving to the Peninsula, she worked primarily in labor and delivery. She started one of the first prepared childbirth classes on the Peninsula and later became a certified Lamaze instructor and childbirth coach. She returned to school at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and after earning her Master of Science in nursing, Nancy became the first pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) on the Peninsula. She was a PNP for 25 years. Not satisfied with one career, Nancy earned another degree at William and Mary and became a licensed therapist serving families and especially children. She worked in both roles and gave herself fully to her clients and patients until ALS forced her retirement.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Quentin and Jane Bloom; her sister, Linda Bloom Savage; and her infant son, Mark Thomas Geary. She leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Tom Geary; four children: Tammara Geary, Wendy Carlson (Pete), Bryan Geary (Lisa), and Rebecca Ingling; and 10 grandchildren: Ben (Brie), Zach (Amberlee), Brenna, Mackenzie, Ileana, Mikelah, Daniel, Nancy, Noah, and Bryleigh. She also leaves two sisters, brothers-in law, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
The family would especially like to thank Nancy’s faithful and amazing nurses and various therapists who cared for her throughout her illness. She loved you all. We thank you for caring for Mom so well and allowing us to remain primarily in our role as family. We also thank the outstanding hospice team that cared for her through the last months of her life and especially for the work they did to help her make her way easily from this world to her heavenly home in the last hours of her life.
The family also thanks the many, many wonderful friends who continued to visit, brought meals, kept Mom surrounded by flowers and Dad by cookies and sweets, and remained invested in life with her. Thanks also for the many prayers. All of you made a huge difference.
Nancy was a member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church (YPC) where she taught Sunday school and led the senior youth group for many years. She also served on the Global Missions Committee and aside from her family her greatest joy came in her involvement in medical missions to Honduras. Her love for the Honduran people took her back year after year, and although ALS finally prevented her return, her heart will always be there.
With that in mind, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Yorkminster Presbyterian Church (Memo: Geary Memorial Honduras Mission Fund). Mail to: 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692.
A Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.