Nancy Jo Houser

September 07, 1937 ‒ August 01, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

Nancy Jo Smith Houser peacefully passed away at her home with family at her side on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Nancy Jo Smith was born on September 7, 1937 in Bremerton, Washington, to Leota Hulda Steffanni and Clement Mathew Smith. She married Robert George Houser, who survives her, in Arlington, OH on September 7, 1958. Nancy was a proud graduate of Lima Memorial Hospital’s nursing program and worked as a registered nurse as Robert finished medical school.

Nancy and Robert raised four children; Amy Bogan (William), Laura Houser, Beth Small (CJ) and Robert Houser (Stacey).  Nancy, better known as Nanny, was cherished by grandchildren, Kate, Daniel (Katelyn) and Benjamin (Marie) Bogan; Olivia, Alayna, Serena and Marcus Small; Grant and Gretchen Houser; Ryan and Rachel Houser; and great-grandchildren, Ella Brockman, Daniel and Owen Bogan. Nancy is also survived by her brother, Stephen Smith and fondly remembered by niece and nephews, David, Steve, John and Tom Houser, Monica (Smith) Fellows and Scott Smith; friends and extended family.

Nancy loved playing cards – Hand and Foot with her card club, Cribbage with her dad, and then with Steve until she was bed ridden. She enjoyed traveling, watching sports on TV, birdwatching and reading. She taught us to cook something special out of whatever’s in the garden, to be kind, to color, sew, knit and make noodles. She would remind us to always have a full tank of gas and some money in your pocket because you never know when you may need to go somewhere, and that a little more sugar never hurt anyone. She always thanked Veteran’s for their service.

A celebration of life will be held at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry St, Sunbury, OH on Saturday, August 10 at 5:30pm.

As an expression of remembrance and in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Humane Society of Delaware County or the Sunbury United Methodist Church. The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Houser family.  Please share a memory or condolence with them at

  • What a delightful lady and friend. We are all better to have known her. She was kind and thoughtful and ready to help when and where help was needed. Linda and Ed

  • I met Nancy while our children were showing Hereford Cattle. We worked together
    to arrange the hospitality part of the Junior National Hereford Show when it was held in Columbus, Ohio. She was a wonderful person, mother and friend. May your memories become treasures and may God surround you with Love during this difficult time.

  • My Aunt Nancy was an amazing woman, best friend to my mom and it brings me some joy to think of them together again, laughing and having fun in heaven.

  • To Nancy’s family:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Nancy was such an awesome person.

    I wish I could be there for all of you at this time but living out of state prohibits that; please know I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    May God bless you all and give you comfort.

  • Sending my sympathy to Dr. Houser and family. Jill Burgess, a former employee of Dr. Houser.

  • To the Family:

    We are deeply saddened of the loss of Mrs. Houser, as she was an Angel living on earth. We were truly blessed to have known her, as she kind, thoughtful and welcomed us, as if we were family.

    God Bless

  • To the Family:

    We are deeply saddened of the loss of Mrs. Houser, as she was an Angel living on earth. We were truly blessed to have known her, as she was kind, thoughtful and welcomed us, as if we were family.

    God Bless

  • So sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing. We shared time with her and Bob in our FB
    Council and years of service in the Sunbury Lions Club. Nancy was always a
    Pleasure to be with and a dear friend. She will be missed!

  • I am sorry for your loss. Nancy was a wonderful person. I know her from Sunbury United Methodist Church and Sunbury Lions Club.
    May you find comfort with your faith, your family and your friends.

  • To the Houser family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Nancy was the leader among cousins-responsible, kind and caring to name a few…beautiful inside and out. It was my blessing to know her. She will be missed. God bless and comfort you all.

  • To Nancy’s family,
    I’ve been thinking of her as I make my annual sweet two-week pickles. Quite a few years she shared her extra cucumbers with me, as I mentioned earlier. I am trying to firm up plans for someone to stay with Paul so I can come to Nancy’s Celebration of Life. Please know if you don’t see me there that I will be with you in spirit.

  • The Big Walnut High School Class of 1982 extends our deep sympathy and condolences to our Classmate, Laura, and all her extended family, at the loss of her Mother. May happy memories be of assistance to all at this difficult time.

  • Nancy was such a kind and generous person. Anytime I stopped by she was always cooking, baking, canning, or freezing. Always gracious. As neighbors we were not close but I’m glad I got to know her as a wonderful person. Please accept my condolences and know my thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow.