Nancy J. ‘Jane’ Holden Inman, 95, disciplined role model treasured for her joyous spirit

Nancy J. ‘Jane’ Holden Inman

WILMINGTON — Nancy Jane Holden Inman, 95, went to her heavenly home at 3:45 a.m., Saturday, April 24, 2021. She passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her daughter and those who loved her.

Jane was born June 19, 1925. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and faithful Christian. She was of German and English descent and direct descendant of Holden Beach’s original family.

She was born in Wilmington in the old Bullock Hospital Building to her father, Samuel Edgar Holden, and mother, Adele Wood Albright. She lived in the home she and her father designed and built for her young family in Long Leaf Hills for 66 years. This was until it was sold recently, in 2020, to close family friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Adele Casey; granddaughter, Lisa Allen Jenkins; son-in-law, Joseph Thomas Jenkins; two great-granddaughters, Makenna Jane Jenkins and Waverleigh Elizabeth Jenkins; and two nieces, Anne Austin Potter and Jane Austin Watson.

She was a breast cancer survivor and an extremely disciplined role model, suffering from type 1 brittle diabetes for 47 years. As a result, she was proud to share that she never had even one diabetic complication!

Jane was a loving woman and devoted and involved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an amazing seamstress, cook and baker; well known in Wilmington for her homemade sourdough bread. She baked over 600 loaves a year to give as gifts and to share with friends and family, without ever even enjoying even a piece herself. Light hearted and kind, her joyous spirit was contagious, and she was loved by everyone who met her.

She was a faithful daughter of the Lord, spent 60 years in her Sunday school class at Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church and was an honorary life member of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church of USA. Jane was also a lifetime member of the Hanover Seaside Club and regular season ticket holder to the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Holding her faith close to her heart, Jane was a committed visitor of church and neighborhood shut-ins, making sure no one ever felt alone.

She was high-spirited and loved to be active; she enjoyed activities from swimming and tap dancing, to walking and body surfing. She even performed with “Tap Dancing for Seniors Group” at local nursing homes throughout Wilmington. Jane was a non-stop go-getter, and when gas prices were high, you could find her zipping to the grocery store on her moped or bicycle.

In Jane’s final years, she was cared for by loving and committed Christian caregivers who she considered family. Words cannot express how much she will be missed by all who loved her.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 30, at Andrews Mortuary Chapel, 1617 Market St., Wilmington. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington. In honor of Jane and her vibrant personality, we encourage you to wear any shade of her most favorite color, pink, to her funeral in remembrance of the dear life we lost.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sjogrëns Organization or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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