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Nancy Ward Liston Obituary


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“My parents, Ann and Harold Feeback, were dear friends of Nancy and Hoke as well as Forest and Helen Ward. Ann And Harold also worked summers at Wild...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Jane Hertenstein - Chicago, IL

“She was a wonderful teacher I remember her well, may her family find peace and always carry her in their hearts. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Cathy Mahlich - Student

“Mrs. Liston was always a lady, always fun, and, especially, always kind. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Judith May - Sonoma, CA

“Mrs. Liston was my Algebra teacher at Vermilion many years ago. It was my experience in her class that led to me being a math teacher for 31 years. ...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Howard Nelson

“Tim & family, Nancy was one of my favorite teachers at Vermilion Schools. She was tough, but smart and so like a mom! From her obituary, it...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Judy Nagy - Sandusky, OH - Friend

“Dear Tim, Mike and John, I am sorry to hear about your Mom. I didn't know her, but from what I've read, she was a vibrant, caring woman who...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jennifer Bens - Woodland Hills, CA

“WE HAD SUCH GOOD TIMES PLAYING OUR CANADIAN CARD GAMES. YOUR MOM THOUGHT US CANUCKS WERE A CRAZY BUNCH. WE HAD SUCH FUN EVERY AFTERNOON IN THE POOL,...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: jean king - friend from canada

“Nancy knew how to live life! She was interested in everything. I loved the Chili Burn-Offs she used to host along with the great door prizes. I also...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Sheila Buckeye - Bay Village, OH

“On my first day at LSM I walked by the pool. Someone yelled out "go get on your suit and join us". This was the start of a wonderful friendship....Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Joyce Row - Kingston, Canada

“Dear John, Tim and Mike, We are very sorry for you loss my friends. Your mother was a wonderful person who touched many lives and helped prepare...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff Hagood - Westerville, OH

“I didn't know your mother but this is the best obituary I've ever read! The love and humor is outstanding! ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Springowski - LORAIN, OH

“I met Nancy in the spring of 2008. I knocked on her door, and told her we were looking into buying half of her dad's original cabin site, Wild Waves...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Dove - Huron, OH

“So sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. We have had many good times together and will miss her. I just wrote a note to my e-mail friends about Hoke and...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Charlyne Schecker - OH

“Sharon, So sorry to hear of your family's loss. Thoughts and prayers. Mike Kovack ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Kovack - Medina, OH - Friend

“I had the honor of getting to know Nancy while visiting my mom in Florida (Nancy Healy). Nancy was a very friendly, interesting, and fun person. I...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Healy Jones

“My prayers and thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Healy - Naples, FL - Friend

“Nancy was a very special friend. We enjoyed water walking in the Gulf of Mexico, seeing movies together, going out for breakfast, and laughing...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Healy - Naples, FL - Friend

“My sympathies to your family. It is never the "right" time for our parents to leave us. But, it seems she leaves many wonderful memories to cherish...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: judith kemper - Georgetown, TX


Nancy Ward Liston has died Monday, June 18, 2012, mostly due to getting pretty old and partly due to COPD and the longer-term effects of a 2008 colon cancer.
Nancy was born Nancy Ann Ward on February 9th, 1928 in Sandusky. Her parents were DeForest Ward of Rochester in Lorain County, and Helen Davison Ward of Harrison OH, on the Indiana border near Kentucky. Her parents met when Helen worked summers at the Wild Waves Hotel which DeForest built near Mitiwanga. The family resided first in Ruggles Beach and later at the Wild Waves Hotel. Nancy watched her parents develop the Wild Waves Motel.
Nancy attended schools in Huron, Berlin Heights, and beginning 7th grade in Vermilion. She was the Vermilion High School 1945 valedictorian. She attended Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University in Cleveland and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Nancy met her future husband Nelson Hoke Liston at a campus mixer when he and a buddy decided to ask the next two pretty girls who walked in to dance. They married June 12, 1948 in Vermilion. After graduating, Nancy sold books at the Halle's department store in downtown Cleveland while Hoke finished architecture school.
Nancy and Hoke moved to Mitiwanga in 1950, and then built a home east of Mitiwanga in 1954. Mike Liston (Carol Miller) of Bay Village was born in 1951, Tim Liston (Dawn Griffith) of Lakewood in 1954, and John Liston (Sharon Yarnell) of Medina in 1957. Nancy is also survived by grandchildren Jonathan and his wife Jennifer Lang, Christopher, Stephen, Jessica, Julia, Madelyn, and Katherine, and by great grandchildren Joshua, Jacquilyn, and Mallory. Nancy's brother DeForest William "Bill" Ward (Delaine Royhab) resides in Lorain.
Nancy expected to be a homemaker but also attained a German language teaching certificate as a fallback position. She began teaching in 1950 in a Perkins 5th grade classroom. She switched in 1951 to Vermilion High School where she first taught English and later became Freshman Algebra and General Math Teacher for Life. Nancy was frequently voted Most Intelligent Teacher by her students, which was unfair to the other teachers because Nancy taught so many students. Nancy was the VHS National Honor Society adviser for many years, and also coached several Academic Challenge teams.
Nancy loved teaching for many reasons, but a big one is that it permitted her summers off. Nancy loved swimming and sunning and spent most summer afternoons at her Lake Erie beach with her sons.
She retired from teaching in 1984 after 28 years. Ever since, Nancy and Hoke lived the Eternal Summer, wintering at Lake San Marino near Fort Myers and summering at her home in Vermilion. Hoke died in 1993 but Nancy continued being a snowbird, with the help of many friends, in particular Mary Ann Swineford. In Florida Nancy swam every day and often played oddball Canadian card games with her Canadian friends. She was proud that she rode the roller coasters at Cedar Point when she was 65, and that she parasailed on her 75th birthday. Nancy loved reading and solving crossword and sudoku puzzles.
Nancy was a member of Vermilion College Club and the Delta Kappa Gamma educators honor society.
Friends may call on Thursday June 21, 2012 for a "Liston's Last Look" from 4 pm until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion. Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 am at Oak Bluff Cemetery in Ruggles Beach.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc. 3900 North Summit, Building 2 Toledo, Ohio 43611.
Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com

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