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Nita Elnora (Lake) DeGrand, 93, passed away on November 21, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born in Timpson, TX on March 20, 1924 to parents Dr. Grady Lake and wife, Bertie.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at Broadway Plaza located at 5301 Bryant Irvin Road in Fort Worth, TX at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park at 4:00pm with Dr. Jeff McDonald officiating.

Nita grew up in Crockett, TX and graduated from Crocket High School in 1942. Her father was a dentist for more than 50 years and mother was very active in the church and community. In 1946, she graduated from Texas Women's University. She met her husband, Jack DeGrand, at Syracuse after the war where she was working as a dietician after graduating and Jack was working on his accounting degree.

Mrs. DeGrand lived in Nacogdoches for over 54 years. She was married to Jack for 40 Years. He passed in 1987. Nita was a teacher at Nacogdoches High School for 30 Years. She was a member of Heritage Club and Garden Club for many years. Nita and Jack had many friends that they kept for their entire adulthood. She had ex-students say hello to her wherever she went in Nacogdoches. She was generous with her time and resources to whomever needed them. She moved to Ft. Worth in 2006 to be near her children. Nita was interviewed by local TV in 1990's for her investing skills. She was very grateful for the life she lived.

Nita is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John H. "Jack" DeGrand; brother, Grady B. Lake, Jr.; and sister, Hilda Davis.

She is lovingly survived by her sons, John Lake DeGrand and wife Donna of Weatherford, TX, Robert "David" DeGrand and wife Melanie of Fort Worth, TX, Jack Harris DeGrand and wife DeAnne of Houston; grandchildren, David, Dana, Melissa, and Seve; great grandchildren Hagan, Alex, Christopher; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Salvation Army, 412 S 3rd St., Nacogdoches, TX 75904

Online condolences may be offered to www.casonmonk-metcalf.com Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors located at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX, 75965.