Nancy Lee Henson Mahan of Eastland

Nancy MahanEASTLAND – Nancy Lee Henson Mahan, 73, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2009 in Swansea, IL. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Sunday at the First Christian Church in Eastland, TX with Rev. Jim Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Eastland City Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M.
Nancy Henson was born in Stanton, TX as an only child to Ocie and Louise Henson. She attended primary and middle school in Big Spring and then Abilene High School as a member of the class of 1954. In high school she was a cheerleader, a crucial member of the volleyball team and an unabashed social butterfly. Nancy began college at the University of Texas in Austin and then moved to Texas Tech. Here she met and married Vernon Mahan. They were wed on June 1, 1957. Nancy graduated from Tech a year later and gave birth to her first child, Lon Wesley, on August 27th, 1958. She was 22 years old at the time. Two years later her second child, Ray Dan was born. Life was good and the future bright but the Lord took Ray Dan back home a year later. Nancy gave birth to a third child, Blake Christian, on Dec 12th, 1962. She became a teacher in Eastland High School where she taught for 16 years. Always the engaging type, she taught Speech and Freshman English, directed Junior and Senior class plays, directed the One Act plays, sponsored the cheerleaders and pep squad, and sponsored the Student Council. Not satisfied with good enough, Nancy commuted to Stephenville two nights a week where she took classes at Tarleton State University and graduated with a Masters of Education in 1977. She moved to Granbury in 1981 where she and Vern lived for the next 19 years. Nancy taught Freshman English at Granbury High School for seventeen years and retired from teaching after accumulating 35 years of full time teaching and 2 years of substitute teaching. After retiring, Nancy and Vern returned to Eastland and lived a peaceful life in the home they built together until Vernon died in January of 2003. Nancy moved back to Granbury for a short while before moving to Illinois to live near Blake and his family. Nancy is survived by Lon Mahan and his wife Frances, currently living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Blake Mahan and his wife Jean, currently living in Swansea, Illinois, 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She lived life with a passion and served as an example of integrity. Through her kind and charming nature she was quick to win the hearts of all she met. She will be missed.

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