Nancy Wagner

November 07, 1943 ‒ July 24, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Nancy Ellen (Workman) Wagner of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away July 24, 2017. The eldest child of Ralph Wander and Gertrude Ellen (McCoy) Workman, she was born November 7, 1943, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She grew up in Loudonville, Richwood, Galion, and Fredericktown. Nancy was graduated from Fredericktown High School, class of 1961, and from the College of Wooster, class of 1965, with a B.A. in English. In October 1966, she married John Wagner.

Nancy taught English in Fredericktown for two years. She then substitute-taught at the Fredericktown and Mount Vernon high schools and the Knox County Career Center from 1967 to 1990, while raising her family. From 1990 to 2010, Nancy taught English full-time at the Knox County Career Center. Following her retirement from teaching, she managed the family business and farms, from 2010 until her death.

Nancy was a member of the Weavers Guild, College Women’s Club, Beethoven Club, Thursday Club, Psi Iota Xi, and Questers. She served as a board member and trustee of the Knox County Historical Society and as a board member of Knox County Symphony.

A gifted seamstress, knitter, and cook, Nancy was an avid local historian, genealogist, and naturalist, with a passion for antiques.

Nancy was tirelessly devoted and generous to her family and friends. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her daughters and granddaughter, and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Terrance) Hults of Pelham, New York, Sarah Wagner of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and a granddaughter, Phoebe Hults.

A memorial service will take place the afternoon of Saturday, September 9, at 3:30 p.m. Quarry Chapel, 10930 Quarry Chapel Road, Gambier, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be sent to the John and Nancy Wagner Family Scholarship Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

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  • Sarah and Elizabeth,

    So sorry to hear about your mother, who was a wonderful teacher and very kind to me when my office (I work at the Knox Campus of Central Ohio Technical College) was located in the Knox County Career Center. Your mother promoted higher education to all of her students and invited me each year to talk about college life in general, and COTC specifically, to all of her classes.

    Nancy spoke so lovingly and proudly of both of you. I hope your cherished memories of your mom, in time, bring you joy instead of sadness. Thinking of you and sharing in your loss.

  • Remembering Nancy- Such a great person; Nancy was a fun classmate at Fredericktown, so beautiful (our track queen), sweet personality, became a respected teacher and raised a wonderful family. She sure was so proud of Sara, Elizabeth and Phoebe-her girls. We are very happy that she brought her family to our class reunions so we got a chance to see her best work. God bless, Roger & Jeannine Weller Davis – FHS’61

  • Nance was a thoroughly good and wonderful person. I have lots of great memories of her from senior year in high school and college.
    My deepest sympathies to her daughters and granddaughter. Chas. Frazier

  • Nancy and her Mother were always very kind to me. I remember all the MYF meetings and choir practice where were were joined by Rebecca Long, Nancy Travis, Connie Landis and many more.

    Deepest sympathies to daughters and granddaughter.

    Brenda Frazier Flood

  • I am sorry to hear of Mrs. Wagners passing. I had her for English at the Career Center in 1995-1996. I have always wondered how she was doing driving by her home. I always admired the Ivy in front.
    I will always remember her as having perfectly curled hair with red lip stick! She was such a classy lady!!!
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers.