Nancy Ann McCarty was born on May 23, 1932 in Springfield, Missouri, where she attended elementary, junior high and high school. As an adult she lived in Salina, Kansas; Tacoma, Washington; and Midland, Texas. In Midland, she met and married her husband James McCarty. They settled in Memphis, Tennessee, where they raised three children.
Nancy served as president of her children’s PTA and was active in the Methodist church for many years. When the children were older, the family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Nancy worked as an administrative assistant at UALR. She later retired from Cedar Chemical in Memphis. Nancy spent her retirement doing mission work with Volunteers in Mission. She traveled to Costa Rica, Rwanda, India, and to the southwestern United States, where she worked with Native American children. She moved to North Pole, Alaska. Her mission work there led her to New Hope Methodist/Presbyterian church. She worked with teenagers and made many wonderful friends in her years there. She organized a mission trip to Siberia and took a group to help Katrina survivors. She later settled in Marietta, Georgia.
Nancy was the epitome of the gracious Southern lady, charming and generous. She was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt, who loved serving others. She will be sadly missed and joyously remembered.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents Roy Smythe and Edna Smythe Halliday and her husband James McCarty. She is survived by her loving children, Jim McCarty and wife Patti of St. Louis, Missouri; Nancy Lynn McCarty Vincent, her husband David and their ever-devoted dog Luke, with whom she lived most recently, in Haughton, Louisiana ; Jeff McCarty and his partner Kim Kempton of Foster City, California.; grandchildren Jay Ebbert of Jonesboro, Arkansas; Drew McCarty of Chicago, Illinois; Kyra, Cori and Kempton McCarty of Foster City, California; brother Bob Halliday and his wife Laurel of Marietta, Georgia; and sister Susan Connelly and Mike Connelly of Acworth, Georgia. She has many adored nieces and nephews, including Melissa Connelly , Mike Terry and their daughter Maggie of Berkeley, California; Michael Connelly and his children, Caroline and Carter, of Acworth, Georgia; Christopher O. Bell of Greenwood, Arkansas; and Mariele S. Bell of Sharpsburg, Georgia.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to www.chimphaven.org