Nancy “Nanny” Creamer Burris
November 29, 1927 ‒ March 27, 2017
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com