Nancy “Nanny” Creamer Burris

November 29, 1927 ‒ March 27, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Nancy “Nanny” Creamer Burris left this earth March 27, 2017, the way she came into it: surrounded by people who adored her. Born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 29, 1927, to Ruth and David H. Creamer, she enjoyed five years as the center of attention until her brother David S. Creamer was born. After a failed, last-ditch effort to bury him in the snow, she relished in the loving role of big sister and friend to David and his eventual wife Shirley. Nancy was a 1945 graduate of Columbus North High School, briefly attended The Ohio State University, and worked at the State Department. In 1950, she married the love of her life James H. Burris, and the party really began.

Nancy and Jim became parents to the adorably unruly Patty Redenbaugh, Philadelphia, PA; David (Cathy) Burris El Dorado Hills, CA; Barb (Scott) Stewart, New Albany, OH; and Jane Burris, Akron, OH.

Nancy supported all of her children’s interests as they were growing up and made sure no one knew a dull moment. Jim and Nancy raised their family in Marion, Ohio before building their dream home in Bucyrus, Ohio in 1975. Anyone who made their way out to “the farm” can tell you of fireside chats, meals around a giant lazy susan, and bumpy sunset tractor rides. She was a member of her bridge club from 1957 on, and she and Jim were long-time congregants of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion. In 1963, Nancy and Jim started a 40+ year tradition of spending summers in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. On a windy day, Nancy’s laughter can still be heard echoing off the rocks of Fredric Inlet.

Nancy also supported every extracurricular activity known to man thanks to the varied interests of her grandchildren. Don’t ask them who her favorite was—they’re all sure it’s them. They are: Jencie (Antonio) Ferraro, David (Danielle) Redenbaugh, Micah (Robynn) Tomaselli, Taylor (Patrick Dunn) Burris, Allie (Joe Parker) Redenbaugh, Cassidy Mitchell, Jeb (Melisa Pereyra) Burris, Cameron (Sarah) Stewart, Austin Mitchell, Jayce (Caitlin) Stewart, James Redenbaugh, and Mason Owens.

She was also loved by her great-grandchildren: Payton Parker; Mia Tomaselli; Isabel Redenbaugh; Mya, Enzo, Samia, Georgio, and Julien Ferraro; Ryder Stewart; Finola Dunn; Garnet Redenbaugh; and two more, already loved, arriving this summer.

As a life-long Ohio State fan, the only reason she would ever cross the state border “Up North” would be to see her adored nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and great-grand-nephews—even if some of them did have to watch the big game at a separate house.

Nancy traveled the world with her forever-friends Alan and Florence Hinklin, and she lived a life of laughter and fun with her beloved OPs. She was out every Friday night with a martini in her hand, surrounded by dear friends, “laughing her guts out,” as she liked to say. Above all else, she was loved.

Surrounding her now in heaven and getting all the latest gossip are her parents, husband, grandsons Abram Burris and Joseph Tomaselli, and many dear friends who she considered family.

A memorial service to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:30 am at First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St, Marion, OH with Rev. Rob Howard officiating. Interment will be held at a later date privately by the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Easter Seals 3205 Hurley Way Sacramento, CA 95864; Easter Seals benefitted Nancy’s husband, Jim, as a young boy, her grandson, Abram, and is currently benefitting her great grandson, Julien. She also would love donations to Young Life Charleston North Young Life PO Box 2155 Summerville, SC 29484. Several of her grandchildren are on staff or volunteer with Young Life. Or finally, Indo Jax Surf Charities where her great granddaughter, Mia, has been empowered by learning to surf: 8935 Tilbury Dr. Wilmington, NC 28411.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to assist the Burris family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting




  • My life will be very different without my Nancy. I have so many things I want to tell her.

    Your tribute to her could not have been more beautiful.

    I can hear her laughter bouncing off the rocks.

    Love to everyone who was lucky enough to have been part of her life. My heart is hurting.

    Florence (Nursetta)

  • She certainly was the life of the party. I was very fortunate to see her again after so many years at Alan Hinklin’s 80th birthday party in Naples, FL. It was as if we were always in touch. She was my room mate for a couple of days.

    Nancy will be missed by many.

  • Tom and I first met Nancy and Jim at the favorite, local, hangout Hackney’s on Harms.
    We had a terrific, “laughy” time then.

    When we were fortunate enough to be with Nancy at Alan Hinklin’s 80th birthday surprise, it was obvious that her laugh had not changed a bit.

    What a delight she was.

    Nancy will be remembered and missed by everyone that she met.
    I know that for sure.

    Our condolences to all of them.

  • Sandy Scheckelhoff says:
    April 3, 2017

    Tom and I first met Nancy and Jim at the local hangout of the Hinklins and the Burris’, whenever they were in town, and the Scheckelhoffs (us), Hackney’s on Harms. We had a great time with them, lots of laughs that can still be imagined now!

    We next were able to be with Nancy at Alan Hinklin’s 80th birthday Surprise! Another super “laughy” time with Nancy. What fun she was. We will all remember her great breakfast for the whole group–“eggs in a bag”!

    Nancy was always such a delight.

    She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
    I know that for sure!

    Most sincerely,

  • This beautifully written celebration of life for Nancy Burris is so fitting for someone who always lived life to the fullest. As a child, I remember being at the Farm for Cathy and Dave’s wedding, and I immediately loved her. I could tell even then that she was the kind of beautiful soul who brought joy to everyone around her. Through the years, I’ve always enjoyed hearing stories that just emphasized what I thought from the very start. My deepest condolences to all the family in your loss.
    Look out Heaven, because the party is just about to start!

  • Nancy ” collected” the Dunns as she did so many others. We were one of the lucky ones. We were blessed to have known and loved her.

  • Many fond memories of my High School days an how much Nancy and Jim enjoyed them . She was very kind to me , RIP Nancy and my best to the kids.

  • Nancy was part of my OP group that I had the privilege of taking care of most Friday’s for several years. They taught me that you’re never too old to have fun and to never stop dreaming. I aspire to be just like Nancy in my golden years. I simply adore her and the rest of my OPs’. She was a gem.

  • Sympathies and love to ALL of the Burris clan; Nancy was such a vibrant life that shall live on in each of you, her beloved family! What a dynamic, positive, fun-loving person we all were privileged to know!
    The Masters Family (Ruth, Pat, Peg, Jim & Penny)

  • Cathy Burris, you said that the Obituary was “very Nancy” and how right you were!! I learned at a very young age about real friendship between adults and all it took was watching Jim and Nancy with Obie and Ruth Ann Gearhiser. How lucky I was to watch that relationship. Four kids of their own, and I always innately knew they would be there for me. Even living 600 miles away for over 40 years and Nancy would make time to ask about My children and My life. Not only were the Gearhiser children lucky to watch a friendship, we were lucky to call Jim and Nancy friends in their remaining years. I so appreciate that Nancy was there for Ruth Ann in her last years, as life became increasingly difficult for her.

    As Florence Hinklin said above, ‘my heart is hurting’, as well. I, too, will hear Nancy’s laughter, as I hear Jim, yelling from the Merchant Avenue family room, “Joanie, bring me a beer”!

    When I told my son about Nancy’s passing, he chuckled and said that ‘surely the vodka and beer were flowing in heaven that night’. I speak for all the Gearhisers and the Groves when we say how often we will remember the Burris influence on our lives and are richer for it.

    With Love,
    Joan, Jess, TJ, & Sydney

  • What a remarkable woman who shared so much love and laughter with everyone around her.

    So much love to your family from our Frederic Inlet family. She was so loved!!

    Seana Almer (McCrodan) & family xoxo
    Gavin McCrodan & family xoxo
    Mary Lou McCrodan xoxo

  • Sympathies to all of you. Nancy was such a charismatic person. I loved seeing her when I was a child. She brightened the room with her laughter and spirit. My mom, Lynne Poling was so blessed to be friends with Nancy and the rest of their “bridge club” gals. I know Nsncy will be missed. I’m so glad you have so many memories to keep her spirit alive.

  • It doesn’t seem right to not have Nanny in this world. Having trouble believing it right now and wish I could be there to hug you all. She was so bright and shiny I could feel her radiance all the way over here in Los Angeles, even with just a silly Facebook interaction.

    I always felt supported by her and I wasn’t even her own. She ‘got’ comedy because she was so funny herself. She kept it real. What a blessing to have had time with her in my life. Her light won’t fade from those who saw it.

  • How I’ll miss Nancy, but how lucky to have known her for the last 12 years, and feeling as though it were my entire life. To all her family and friends I feel your loss and share some wonderful memories. So glad for Nancy there was no lingering, “she did it her way” . My heart will always be with Nancy and her family. Judy

  • So sorry for your loss David and Cathy. Was so happy to get to meet her on her visits to California.