Nancy J. Gregory

Born: Sun., Jun. 14, 1914
Died: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jan. 06, 2017
Location: Northwood Cemetery


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 04, 2018
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

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Nancy J. Gregory, 103, passed away quietly at Nightingale's Assisted Living in Mill Hall, PA where she resided, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.

She was born Nausica J. Nickles on June 14, 1914 in Greece, in the mountain village of Tsintzina, Laconia (near Sparta). She was the last surviving child of Antonicha and James Nickles.Preceding her in death were two sisters, Stella and Anna, and two brothers, Agamemnon and Mark.

At the age of 8, in 1924, she and her mother, sisters and one brother immigrated to the United States to join her father and older brother in Ohio.She earned her cosmetology license on Nov. 24, 1936. Twenty years later, she became an American citizen, on Nov. 7, 1956.

Nancy attended along with her nieces and nephews many of the Tsintzinian Heritage Society reunions for over 30 years where she loved to dance and celebrate her heritage. It was during these reunions she met, fell in love and married James J. "Jimmy" Gregory.Jimmy's family, who had come from a neighboring village in Greece, manufactured candy in Bellefonte, PA. Nancy and Jimmy were married Aug. 19, 1943.They moved to Wilmington, Del., where Mrs. Gregory was a hair dresser for 38 years. Her favorite clients included Mrs. DuPont of I.P. DuPont, and Mrs.Ponds of Ponds facial cream fame.In later life, they moved back to this area, to State College where Mrs.Gregory was cashier at her brother-in-law's Holiday Inn (now the Ramada).She became the companion, caregiver and chauffeur for that brother-in-law, George Gregory, and his wife, Catherine, and assisted them for more than 25 years. George was well known for not just the Holiday Inn but also Toftrees.She drove the couple to Florida every winter, stayed there with them, then drove them back to State College for the summer.Nancy was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Hollywood, Fla.

Throughout her life, she liked to dance and socialize, and in her late 80s, she took up the new hobby of painting. She also enjoyed the fact that her birthday fell on America's Flag Day. At age 103, she was still walking with a little of assistance, speaking two languages, and enjoying life.

Surviving are nieces and nephews including Jim (Zonda) Gregory of Lock Haven, Marc Nickles, Ellen Nickles, Thalia (Nickles) Johanssen, Mary Anne (Nickles) Scott, Jim Chacona, Iris’s (Gregory) Andris,  Dr. Joan (Gregory) Beittel, John Gregory, Elias Gregory, Natasha (Gregory) Lowell, George Gregory, Alex Gregory Jr., Dean Gregory  and many, many great & great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC, 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven, PA. 

Memorial and burial services will be held in Cambridge, Ohio Friday January 5 at 1:00 PM

Donations can be sent to: TSINTZINIAN HERITAGE SOCIETY ℅ Stephanie Soutouras Schlick, 2400 41st Street NW, Apt 504, Washington, DC 20007  

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