- January 20, 2014
- Wilmington, Delaware
of Nancy's Passing
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“This is a sad note to be writing since I have many fond memories of your parents. I was thinking about your dad today as I worked on a painting and...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Margie Richards - Creve Coeur, MO
“To the family of Nancy Hebner - The Lewis Yacht Club summer bridge club
send warm memories of a wonderful bridge player who we all look forward
to...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Louise Pearce - Rehoboth Bearch, DE
I am so sorry about the passing of your mother -- no matter how old you are you still need your mom.
I also wanted to tell you how much I...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Susan Marengo - Wilmington, DE
“My husband Don and I met Nancy and Charles at Delta Gamma Alumnae social activities in the Wilmington area. I have fond memories of Nancy and send my...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Lani Zeigler Thureau - Wilmington, DE
“Nancy, I will miss your candor, comedy and common sense. I have fond memories of the beach house and laughing with you and Chuck. I pray that you are...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Chris Waisanen - wilmington, DE
“For the past ten years I have known your mom at the Lewes Yacht Club at the daily water aerobics class. She was such a delightful person and she...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Maureen Mahfoudi - Rockville, MD
“Chris, so sorry to hear about your mom. I lost my mom a few years back, have faith , she is in a better place now and cherish your memories. Will...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Emil & Gail DeGregoriis - DE
“Chrissy. I am so sorry. Call me. 302 220 7270. Ginny whittaker
8 of 19 | Posted by: ginny whittaker carr - townsend, DE
“Prayers for her family.She was loved by so many. I will miss my friend
9 of 19 | Posted by: Carolynn Hinton - milford, DE
“Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;And let light perpetual shine upon her.May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God,...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Lori & Bill Taylor - Boston, MA
“I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing, but it seems as if she had a full and satisfying life. I did not know her but did work with Chuck many...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: GEORGE PLERHOPLES - WILMINGTON, DE
“I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.
12 of 19 | Posted by: A friend
“Chrissie and Bitsy and Bill...my Mom told me the news. I'm so sorry, loved you mom. She's with that wonderful Father of yours. XXOO Marthe
13 of 19 | Posted by: Marthe Reynolds - New Paltz, NY
“For my sweet Aunt Nan
14 of 19 | Posted by: Kathleen Spurney - Rockville, MD
“She loved life and I loved her!! My dear Aunt Nan
15 of 19 | Posted by: Kathleen Spurney - Rockville, MD
“Cris, Don and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom. That was an absolutely phenomenal eulogy that you wrote for her. Your love for...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Don & Norma Sorelle - Las Vegas, NV
“Our hearts are with you...She sounds like an amazing woman - so very sorry for your loss...much love, Tanya and Arnie
17 of 19 | Posted by: A friend
“Dear Cris and family. You are surrounded by love, friends, family and flowers right now. And I am sure you are all celebrating the life of such a...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: coco adams - plymouth
“To the Hebner Family So sorry for your Loss will always remember Nancy as a very lovely and Vibrant lady, She was the back bone of all your dads...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Mr. and Mrs Gordon A Taylor - DE
Nancy Spurney Hebner: January 20, 2014
Mom passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her children, Elizabeth Hebner Weiss, William Logan Hebner and Cristina Hebner Mayhew, and grandsons Michael Yusef and Aaron Jonathan Weiss.
She was born in Manhattan in 1929 to the late Felix and Elizabeth Sloane Spurney. Felix managed government construction contracts, so she grew up in different places: Long Island and Rome in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, Mobile, and finally Washington D.C. She went to Averett College in Virginia, then transferred to the University of Maryland, studying English and sociology, joining the Delta Gamma Sorority. There she met the love of her life, Charles Leroy Hebner, who had just returned from the Pacific Theatre with the Navy. They lived in Washington D.C., where she worked at the Iranian Embassy, then in Ohio. But in 1956 she finally chose Wilmington as the place to raise her children. She quickly became part of the community through volunteer work, local politics and St. David's Episcopal Church. In addition to being the best mom, she volunteered at Winterthur, the Claymont Library, the Delaware Art Museum, Woodshaven Kruse School, Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Historical Society and others. When we were old enough, she worked full time for Delaware's Division of Consumer Affairs.
Her husband Charles served eighteen years in the Delaware state legislature, with two terms as Speaker of the House. Nancy enjoyed those halcyon years, serving as vice president of the Women's Republican Club of Wilmington, where together they worked for Delaware's future. She was then constantly by his side for the twelve difficult years until he passed from Parkinson's disease.
Nancy loved everything about cooking and entertaining; her Gourmet Club parties were legend. She also loved everything about the beach, the sun and swimming in the ocean. We all remember summers at Rehoboth in the Sixties, renting a huge house with her extended family including her brother, sister and their children, all of whom who survive her: brother Petr Logan Spurney and wife Lois Tuttle Spurney, their children Kathleen, Jonathan, Petr Jr. and Christopher, her sister Susan Fore and husband Richard Taylor, and their children Victoria and Patrick. Every day at the beach, every night feasting on southern Delaware's finest: fresh peaches and corn from the Nassau market, crabs from the Chesapeake, fresh flounder and chicken on the grill.
Nancy and Charles bought a home on Cedar Street in Lewes, back when it was still a fishing town. It became our family hub, where she spent time her grandsons by William with wife Angela Frabasilio: Jordan Timothy and Sean Cole Hebner, and her great grandsons Harry Parker and James Scott Weiss by grandson Michael and his wife Sarah Parker Weiss, and daughter Cristina's husband Skip Mayhew. Nancy spent every summer there, enjoying her friends at the Lewes Yacht Club, doing water aerobics in the morning and playing bridge, remaining active in local politics. As she got older, with the help of her dear friend and neighbor Frances West, she was able to enjoy her chosen life in Lewes and Wilmington, to the fullest, to the end. We will always miss her.
Services will be at St. David's Episcopal Church (directions at stdavidsde.org) at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 25th, with a reception there after. Contributions can be made either to St. David's or to the Claymont Public Library. For online condolences please visit chandlerfuneralhome.com.