Nancye Nash Bright, 69, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at her home in Galveston, Texas. Born on the Island, March 10, 1944, Nancye was a life-long resident of Galveston where she dedicated her life to Christ, children’s education, her church, her charities, her family and friends, and her selfless caregiving of others.
As a child, Nancye began her servitude to the Lord at First Presbyterian church. It was here that her innate talent for playing the piano was honed through hymns. She continued her love for music and dance as a Tornette at Galveston’s Ball High School. A 1962 graduate of Ball High School, Nancye entered North Texas State University with a goal in mind: to return to the Island as a teacher. Earning her degree in only three years, Nancye began her career in GISD as a fourth grade teacher at Island Elementary (now Parker Elementary).
Nancye was an admired, talented teacher whose students excelled. She was selected to become Director of Elementary Education for GISD providing district-wide leadership in instructional strategies, classroom management and staff development for all elementary campuses. Additionally, Nancye was instrumental in the selection of curriculum for GISD, responsible for developing and leading the district’s program for the Gifted and Talented, and in developing and expanding the pre-kindergarten program. Always the consummate teacher and learner, her greatest gift was finding viable solutions to thorny issues. Though she possessed great knowledge about education, she led with humility and great compassion. She credited teachers for being the great difference makers and found great satisfaction in celebrating the success of students and colleagues.
As much enjoyment as she received through her professional career, Nancye revered her family even more. She cared for others selflessly; most notably, caring for her husband and her mother through their long illnesses and death.
The major influence in Nancye’s life was to be found in her faith. She found blessings in hardship, opportunity through service, and joy in feeling God’s purpose and plan in her life. She was often described as a steward of the Lord, a picture of Jesus, an angel on Earth and a caregiver with a servant’s heart. To her beloved nieces, Jocelyn and Sarah, she was a wonderful counselor, a loving example of an accomplished woman, and a second mom. What a life! What a journey! What a celebration as she joins the Heavenly Hosts in her new home!
Nancye was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Ernest L. Bright, and her parents Paul Henry and Helen Jocelyn Nash.
Nancye is survived by her sister Linda Nash Norman and brother-in-law Cecil Norman; niece Jocelyn Cook and husband Derron; niece Sarah Chase and husband Jeff; and great-nieces and great-nephews Gunnar, Charlotte, Cannon, Cali and Sawyer. She is also survived by numerous Nash and Bright family members, her West Isle family, and close friends.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Norman, Don Lera, Derron Cook, Jeff Chase, Ken Stanford and Parviz Moradi.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Nash, Pete Nash, Eddie Nash and Bill Stanford.
A special thanks to Sarah Ashburn, MaryBob Kosub, Tresea Moradi, Rhonda Holmes, Tangie Hutto and Barbara MacLaughlin for their contributing words of wisdom and kindness.
In celebration of Nancye’s servitude to our Lord, donations may be made to West Isle Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 3929, Galveston, Texas 77552 or the Galveston Seafarers Center, 221 20th Street, Galveston, Texas 77550.