Dorothy Nance, 87, of Centralia was welcomed to her eternal home, into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. She was born on December 21, 1933, the daughter of William and Etoria (Bibbs) Weathersby in Centralia. She married Joseph Nance, Sr. on January 26, 1969, at Holy Trinity Church, which is now known as Rick’s Chapel.
Survivors that will hold treasured memories of Dorothy’s extraordinary life include her beloved family, son Stephen Weathersby and wife Caroline of Florida; grandchildren Brian Weathersby and wife Toya of Joliet, Ilisha Weathersby of Odin, Summer Dabney of Centralia, and Tameka Nance of Wisconsin; great-grandchildren Caleb Weathersby, Josh Weathersby, Amiah Wallace, Jamirah Horton, Vivian Nance, Elizabeth Tucker, Vanessa Sanabria, Jose Sanabria III; siblings, Charles Weathersby, Lula Crosby, Albert Marshall, Clifford Marshall and wife Jessica, Darlene Wesley, and Dolores Gleghorn; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her father William Weathersby; her mother Etoria Marshall; her husband Joe Nance; brother Donald William Weathersby; infant son Joe Nance, Jr., and son Timothy Nance; and granddaughter Yvonne Maines.
Dorothy was a bright, shining light for Jesus. She was a devoted member and sister of New Covenant Ministries in Centralia. She also shared in worship times at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and Lively Stone Apostolic Church both in Centralia. Known as a true prayer warrior, Dorothy would begin her days on the phone with her prayer groups, that stretched across many states, coming together for prayer needs. She loved to stay close to Jesus and spend time in the Lord’s house. Dorothy never missed a day reading in her bible gaining spiritual nourishment to ensure her walk would remain in God’s will.
She was an amazing storyteller, captivating her audience with her contagious personality. Dorothy had a heart of gold, who would do anything for anyone in need. She was a wonderful influence in many children’s lives as she was a caregiver for many Centralia families. Dorothy will be remembered for her sweet demeanor and was well respected by all who knew her. She may have been small in size, but she knew who she truly was and walked in the authority of one of God’s daughters. Dorothy loved and appreciated her family and counted each of them as a blessing. She was grateful to be a Granny and GG to her beautiful, precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy’s life was an inspiring example of what it looks like to live out your faith in a way for all to see Jesus, and her legacy will continue in the best parts of all those she knew and loved.
Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Dorothy Nance with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, August 23, 2021, at New Covenant Ministries in Centralia with Bishop Henry Dabney officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. Friends are welcome to share their condolences with the family of Dorothy from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon on Monday at the church. Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s honor to the Irvin Macz Funeral Home. Online condolences and memories of Dorothy may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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