This is written in celebration of Nancy Clum’s life. Nancy would have been 74 on March 12, 2018. Although Nancy went home to be with the Lord in 2017, her spirit lives on.

Nancy was born in Coshocton to Edgar (passed over in 1985) and Lorraine (passed over in 2004) Stevens. Nancy spent the first half of her life in Newcomerstown, raising her two children, Paula Clum, currently of Green (Portage Lakes), Ohio and Jeff Frizzell (passed over in 2015).

She was married to and raised her family with Paul "Curly" Clum (passed over in 2004). My parents were strong, family-oriented people who made our childhood seem almost magical, especially holidays. They were always giving, caring and helping their family, parents and in-laws. They set a great example of what family means and always being there to support or make things better even if it meant adding more work or stress to one’s own life. These would be values and actions that my brother and I would carry forth throughout our lives.

Nancy spent the last half of her life in Canton to be closer to her children and eventually moving her mother, Lorraine, to reside with her for a decade. During much of this time, Nancy enjoyed working as a Jewelry Manager at TJ Maxx where she excelled at her position and made many friends. It was through these years that my mom and I became more like sisters and definitely best friends. We shared so much together, had a blast along the way and even my friends would invite her to gatherings. She touched many lives... in which many continued to reach out to ask about her, remembering her fondly, sending cards and sending prayers as her health declined in later years.

As her health slowly declined over more than a decade, it was the values we were taught by our parents that came full circle as my brother and I spent many years helping to care for our mom so that she would never have to take permanent residence in a nursing home. Although this proved very trying at times, we always pushed through and I know this blessed us with extra, quality time together over many years. In addition, my best friend, Dick S., became another family member to her. He assisted often with helping her, making fun memories and making many of her years much brighter. He was also with me at her bedside, along with my boyfriend Tom C., the last weeks, days, hours and moments of her life. Family is not always blood and God blessed us all!

Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between me and my mom. I will forever love and miss her but our spiritual connection will never be broken.

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