Nancy M. Pursel

July 28, 1948 ‒ February 20, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Nancy M. Pursel, 71, of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday morning, February 20, 2020 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon.  She was born on July 28, 1948 in Warrensburg, Missouri to the late Isaac M. and Nancy E. (Daniel) Clifton Sr.

Nancy was a member of the Amity United Methodist Church and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  She worked for over 20 years for American National Can in Mt. Vernon.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Carol Taylor of Columbus; step sons, Jeff Pursel of Mount Vernon and Bruce (Julie) Pursel (their daughter Julia) of Columbus; brother, Isaac M. (Minne) Clifton Jr. of Mount Vernon; nephews, Joe (Kathy) Clifton of Mount Vernon, Rick (Donna) Clifton of Las Vegas; and many dear friends and in-laws.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, H. Allen Pursel.

Anyone who knew Nancy, knew that she had three loves in her life—Allen, Carol and flowers.  The family requests that you not send cards or flowers.  Instead, they ask that you plant a flower this spring somewhere in your yard or community, take a picture of it in bloom and send it to The family will print all of the pictures of ways that the world was made more beautiful in honor of Nancy and will create a scrapbook for memory.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation, the family requests that donations be made to Kindred Hospice or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The family will have a private service at a later date.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy M. Pursel.

  • Rest In Peace Dear Nancy —- We were saddened to read about your passing. Your wonderful smile, friendly way, and positive outlook will brighten Heaven just like you brightened the lives of everyone who knew you here on earth. We are sure that Allen was there to welcome you “Home.” Please tell him HI for us. You both will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to all of your family and friends. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Carol and Family…my prayers go out for you at this moment in your lives. I know Carol from the Emmaus Walks where she held such a special place in my heart. From knowing Carol I feel I know your Mother a little also. For a Mother to raise such a caring, wonderful, outgoing and loving daughter as Carol is, your Mother had to be a wonderful extra-ordinary person. Please know I am praying for your family and also know that when it stops hurting quite as bad as it is now just think of all the people she will see again and all the people she will meet in Heaven. She is just on the other side of the door so when you need her just open your mind-door and she will be right there. Carol, I love you mucher and am praying for all of you.
    Donna McConahay/Tiffin Ohio

  • Dearest Nancy, though I am sad to hear of your passing, I am sure you are being welcomed by Allen and all the angels in Heaven. You had the best smile and personality. Always thinking of others before yourself. I am truly thankful and blessed to have known you.

  • Carol and family. We are so very sorry for you loss. Nancy was a lovely lady and sweet. Always remember living across the street from your family. Always have wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My the Lord put his arms around you and give you strength. ❤🙏❤🙏❤

  • Nancy was a sweet kind person. She worked with my Aunt June at Continental Can. My mother was a manager of the Continental Can Credit Union. Allen and Nancy would attend some of their dinners and I got to know them there.
    At the beginning of her battle with Multiple Sclerosis we exercised together at the Knox Community Hospital Wellness Center. I loved spending time with her. She was so uplifting and left you feeling special. I will plant a flower for her this summer and try to send you a picture.

  • Carol and family: I send my condolences and prayers to you and your family on your Mother’s passing. She was such an inspiration to me. May she Rest In Peace and be reunited with her husband Alan. I will definitely plant a flower in her name. In fact, Minnie and I will plant it. Remember we all love you and will be praying for you.

  • RIP sweet nancy you’ll be missed bunches I’m so sad to hear of your passing you had the kindest heart I will forever cherish the talks we had the joke we shared meeting you and Allen was something I’ll never forget you are 2 of the most amazing people I ever had the pleasure of meeting I’m going to miss you so very much your kind heart I’ll always remember and you beautiful smile that could light up a room you made such a impact on my life I’ll never forget Fly high nancy

  • So sad to read about Nancy’s passing. Just in the couple of years I had the pleasure of helping and serving Allen and Nancy at Brookdale, they were beautiful and wonderful people and a tremendous Blessing to me. It was a honour, Blessing and a pleasure for help and serve them. They both always had a smile and I always enjoyed talking with them.
    I pray for God’s Blessings, peace and comfort to Allen and Nancy’s family, always in Jesus name, Amen.

  • What can I say when one of my besties has passed? She ran the good race, crossed over the finish line and stayed faithful until the end. I will miss my friend and the void of her not being around for us to get into the mischief we always ended up in will be great, but I believe she is no longer in pain, is at peace and will always be loved by those of us left behind. Be with your mother and Alan until we meet again Nancy Pursel.

  • It was sad to hear of Nancy’s passing. May she rest in peace. We met many years ago through Scouting in Tomahawk District. She and Allen were always a loving couple. Prayers and hugs for the family. I will plant a flower in her memory as requested.