Nancy Jane Tanker

November 1, 1963 - November 12, 2021
Nancy Jane Tanker

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Nancy Jane Tanker, of Hendersonville, North Carolina died suddenly at her home on November 12, 2021. She was 58 years old.

Nancy, known for her beautiful smile and quick wit, was born and raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honors, from Rutgers University. In 1997, Nancy and her then husband left the hustle and bustle of New Jersey and followed their hearts to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. She spent many years as a writer and editor, writing for a time at the Hendersonville Times News, and worked in advertising for a number of local businesses, including Diamond Brand Outdoors and The City of Hendersonville. She was known to like a good debate and hiking with her dogs in the woods. She is missed greatly.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Sophie Tanker and brothers, Paul (Nancy) Underwood and Ken (Maria) Underwood.

A Celebration of Life event will be planned for a later date.

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  • November 19, 2021
    My deepest condolences to all the Nancy's family, she will be missed. Eternal rest grant unto Nancy, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

  • November 19, 2021
    Susan Parke says:
    Nancy and I met playing trivia and became fast friends. We shared fiercely liberal views and enjoyed good debates (which we usually won, in our opinion!) I cannot believe this and am so saddened. May her memory be a blessing.

  • November 21, 2021
    Sherri Redden says:
    Dear Sophie: I’m so so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She always seemed so happy and kind. With love, prayers and sympathy. Sherri Redden

  • November 25, 2021
    Vicki Gunning says:
    Sofie, Rich and family, I am in shock. Nancy had such an infectious smile. We met when our kids were in middle school. I just love you; Sofie and Rich. I am praying for you all!

  • November 26, 2021
    JD Cox says:
    Nancy and I grew up together in Haddonfield and kept in touch over the years. She was the best storyteller I've ever known, able to see and share the humor in everday experiences. She was fun and engaging and kind, and I'm sad that she isn't here any more. My condolences to the family.