Nancy Ehrman, 68, of Orange, passed away Friday, May 24, at Calder Woods in Beaumont. She was born on Oct. 16, 1944 in Erie, PA, and was the daughter of Arthur T. and Kathryn M. Diefenbach. Before the ravages of Frontal Temporal Dementia intervened, Nancy was a tireless volunteer in the eight locations she lived, primarily for the churches she attended, the schools her children attended and the local hospitals.
Nancy loved “sewing” crafts, especially quilting. For the Bicentennial in 1976 she led a group of friends in making a quilt with the 50 state flowers. The center of the quilt was an American Beauty Rose that she had signed by President Gerald Ford and Mrs. Betty Ford. The quilt was part of a school fundraiser. She insisted that “all” her quilts were hand-stitched.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Thomas A. Difenbach.
Those who will most cherish her memory are husband, Jerry Ehrman; six children, Rick Ehrman and spouse Lori, Tim Ehrman and spouse Amy, Julie Ehrman Whalen and spouse, Dr. P. J. Whalen, Melissa Ehrman Palmer and Major Ian Palmer, Amy Ehrman Boehme and spouse,and David and Emily K. Ehrman; 17 grandchildren, Alli and Paige Ehrman; Hannah, Abby and Eleanor Ehrman; Riley, Maret, Sorin, and Grady Whalen; Maggie Charlotte, Lucy, Nora and Adam Palmer and Elizabeth, Katie and Penny Boehme.
Nancy is also survived by her brother, Gary Diefenbach and spouse, Joanne; sister, Sue Peters and spouse, Mike; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews.
Nancy did not like black clothing. In attending the viewing and services, please wear bright and cheerful clothing.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Nancy to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Drive, Orange, Texas 77632-4508, St. Mary’s Catholic School Foundation, 2600 Bob Hall Road, Orange, Texas 77630-2418 or Southeast Texas Hospice, PO Box 2385, Orange, Texas 77631-2385.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, June 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Sunday, June 2, at the church, with a rosary and prayer service to be held at 6:00 P.M. A private interment will be held later.
The Ehrman family wishes to thank the staff of Calder Woods, Southeast Texas Hospice, and all of the family and friends of Nancy for the support and kindness shown during Nancy’s final days.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Friends may sign the register and leave condolences at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.