LAKE LEELANAU — Nancy Hunt, 57, of Lake Leelanau, died peacefully while surrounded by family on Jan. 27 after a long fight with cancer. Nancy was born Nov. 15, 1956, to Peg (Krehbiel) and the late Walter B. Meeker in Dayton, Ohio.
Nancy’s relentless and brilliant smile was proof that every day on Earth, no matter the struggle, was a welcomed blessing.
Nancy graduated from Troy High School in 1975 before attending the College of Wooster, transferring and graduating from The Ohio State University in 1980.
In 1982 she married former spouse, Douglas Hunt. Together they had four children whom she loved passionately and unconditionally. She introduced each one to the world with an open heart and a free spirit. Raising her children, she had said, was her most rewarding labor of love.
Nancy was deeply rooted in every aspect of life, giving generously to the communities of Worthington, Ohio, and Lake Leelanau. She moved to Lake Leelanau, her paradise away from home, in 2007. Right away Nancy made many friends through active membership at Leland United Methodist Church, Samaritan’s Closet ministry and Leland athletics.
An avid runner, Nancy savored the crisp morning air, visits with all of God’s creatures and refreshing dips in Lake Leelanau.
In her later years she served hot drinks with a warm smile at the Pedaling Beans Coffee House, where she worked as owner/manager with her sister and friends.
In Worthington, Ohio, her time was devoted to family, friends, youth and ministry activities through Worthington Presbyterian Church, Stevens Ministry, Worthington Community Women, Together With Important Goals, Columbus Homeless Family Foundation, Girl Scouts of America and countless other groups.
Nancy’s incredible strength and wisdom allowed her to accept life on God’s terms. She was quick to cry at all things beautiful and the first to laugh at all things even slightly funny.
She will be greatly missed by her four children, Hilary (Michael) Dickson, of Cincinnati, Frederic (Alexandra) Hunt, of Lake Leelanau, Elliot Hunt, of Denver, and Andrea Hunt, of Lake Leelanau; her mother, Peg Meeker, of Leland; sister, Kay (Dan) White, of Leland; sister, Betsy (Ben) McCallister, of Ann Arbor; brother, Walter (Meg) Meeker, of Traverse City; former spouse, Douglas Hunt and his parents, Frederic and Freda Hunt, of Columbus, Ohio; and many extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter B. Meeker.
In her final days Nancy had said, “Life is meant to be enjoyed and to bring joy to others.” That is exactly how she spent 57 wonderful years.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 29, at Leland United Methodist Church, 106 N. Fourth St., with the family receiving friends at noon. Following the memorial service friends are welcome to The Riverside Inn, 302 River St., from 2 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Munson Hospice and Cowell Family Cancer Center.
Please share memories with Nancy’s family on her online obituary at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.