Nancy Jean Hoyt, 78, special education teacher who spent her summers in the Outer Banks

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Nancy Jean Hoyt
Nancy Jean Hoyt

Nancy Jean Hoyt, 78, of Wilmington died Monday, February 29, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington

Born prematurely on August 23, 1937, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Thelma Truran (nee Hargis) and Elmer A. Truran, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Hoyt.

Nancy graduated in 1955 from Copley High School in Copley, Ohio. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., earning an associate’s degree. She spent the summer of 1957 working on a summer stock production of ‘Shepherd of the Hills’ in Branson, Mo., where she met her first husband, Carl George Kline. The two were married in Copley, Ohio, that Christmas.

She moved to College Station, Pa., for a brief period while Carl attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University. She had her first son, Stephen Michael Kline, in 1962. In 1964, she travelled with Stephen to Lima, Peru, where her father was working as an executive for the B.F. Goodrich Company. Nancy and Carl moved several times over the next few years, eventually residing in Akron, Ohio. She had her second son, Douglas Miles Kline, in 1965, and her daughter, Dana Lynn Kline, in 1968. In 1970, Nancy and Carl were divorced, and she remained in Akron, Ohio, near her parents. While working, she continued her studies at the University of Akron, earning her B.S. in Education in 1970, and M.S. in Education in 1972.

In 1971, she met Robert (Bob) Sheldon Hoyt of Ithaca, N.Y., and the two were married in 1972. Nancy and Bob raised her three children, and occasionally welcomed Bob’s children Doug, David and Lisa, into the household. Through these years, Nancy worked as a special education teacher, taking the summers off. The family spent many summer vacations camping on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As her children became independent and moved away, Nancy and Bob continued to take driving and camping trips with a pop-up trailer.

In 1983, Nancy and Bob moved to Kent, Ohio. In 1996, after 24 years of marriage, Bob passed away. Nancy retired shortly after. In 1997, she sold her home in Kent and moved near her son Doug’s family in Wilmington, where she lived with her beloved dog, Lulu.

Nancy was a gifted pianist with an amazing talent for sight-reading; she could play nearly any piece of music placed in front of her. She enjoyed all types of music including classical, jazz, bluegrass and progressive rock. She loved dogs, including the many pets through her life: Laddie, Loki, Pukah and Lulu.

Nancy was an accomplished genealogist, continuing the work of her aunt, York Burdine. She was happy to share her knowledge and volunteered at the New Hanover County Library in her last years. She was a member of the Portage County Genealogical Society (Ohio), where in 1988, she co-published the five-volume ‘Ira L. Herrif’s undertaker’s records, Kent area, Portage County, Ohio, 1881-1912.’ She was a member of the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society in Wilmington, where she led a computer interest group. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in New Hanover County.

Surviving are her children, Stephen M. Kline and wife Annette of Indianapolis, Ind.; Douglas M. Kline, and wife, Brunilda, and their children, Megan and Samantha, of Wilmington; Dana L. Patterson, and husband, James Patterson, of Mount Ida, Ark.; her first husband, Carl Kline, and wife, Leona, of San Diego, Calif.; her grandson, Stephen Kline, and wife, Brooke, and their children, Carl and Jackson, of Indianapolis, Ind.; granddaughter, Caitlyn Kline, and grandson, Matthew Kline, of Canberra, Australia; stepson, David Hoyt, and wife, Sharon, and family.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt officiating. The family will receive friends at the mortuary beginning at 3 p.m. until the service hour.

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