Nancy Rutland passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home in Cadiz.
Mrs. Rutland was born on July 14, 1925, in Nashville, Tenn., to Marks Wright McCord and Lula Ida (Bingham) McCord.
Nancy grew up in Nashville and spent her summers at her grandparent’s farm, Civil Order, near Chapel Hill, Tenn. She graduated from East Nashville High School and began work as comptometer operator for the Bell Telephone System. Bell transferred her to Memphis, Tenn.
Nancy was unhappy in Memphis because she missed her family in Nashville. That’s the important thing to notice. Her family was her whole life. Her old boss in Nashville understood, and gave her back her old job.
At a United States Organization (USO) dance she met James Forest Rutland, a recently discharged marine and carpentry apprentice. They married on May 31, 1947, and began their family a year later.
After several months in Nashville, they moved to Illinois where there were better job opportunities for carpenters, and later moved to Cadiz. Carpenters go where the work is, so the family moved often, to Chicago, back to Nashville, to Rochester, and always returning to Cadiz in the interim.
In 1962, the family settled permanently in Cadiz at 83 Lincoln Avenue into the house they had built in 1955. Nancy’s years raising her children and grandchildren were her happiest years of life. She worked for many years in the Trigg County Court House in different offices with a lengthy stint in the Tax Assessor’s Office. Eventually, she joined the United States Postal Office where she retired in 1990.
Nancy was also a long-time member of the Cadiz United Methodist Church and participated in the United Methodist Women, where she hand-made numerous quilts for the children of the United Methodist Orphanage. Additionally, she was also a member of the Trigg County Hospital Auxiliary.
Nancy Rutland is survived by a brother and sister, John McCord of Shelbyville, Tenn. and Jean Fast of Triune, Tenn.; six children, Johnny Mac (and wife Francie) of Salmiyah, Kuwait, Steve (and wife Marcia) of Enterprise, Ala., Sandy Marks (and husband Lu) of Lexington, Debbie of Nashville, Tenn., David (and wife Debby) of Cadiz, and Pam Carr (and husband Timmy) of Cadiz; 10 grandchildren, Aulica Monroe (Locke), Tamara (Woody Todd), Jennie Dart (Bill), Katie Nelson (Ben), Kara Beth Johnson (Joe), Mark Thomas (Camille), Jack Rutland, Ben Rutland, Mac Carr and Alex Carr; nine great-grandchildren, Cole, Parker, Tripp, Madison, Emaleigh, Addison, Bentley Grace, Abigail and Aiden; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was such a blessing to those who knew her, she was always so appreciative of any small gesture anyone did for her. Her strength and compassion will be sorely missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Bethel United Methodist Church, 3155 Caldeonia Road, Cadiz, KY 42211 or to The American Cancer Society, c/o Dannye Wagner, 218 Canton Lakeshore Drive, Cadiz, KY 42211.