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Nancy Stewart Veley

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Nancy Stewart Veley, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Sebring, Fla., in the companionship of her husband and son.

Born Nov. 26, 1930, to Helen and Hinton Stewart of Jacksonville, she graduated from Landon High School in Jacksonville and from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She married Hugh John Veley on April 7, 1956, and they resided in Jacksonville where she established the emergency room at Baptist Hospital. Mrs. Veley and her husband moved to Lake Wales in late 1956 and settled in Lake Placid in 1960. She was head Registered Nurse at Highlands Regional Hospital where she was instrumental in setting up the Emergency Room department.

In 1968 Mrs. Veley embarked upon a new career as a teacher at the Lake Placid Elementary School. In 1987 she was chosen Lake Placid Elementary and Highlands County Teacher of the Year. She retired that same year to care for her grandchildren.

Mrs. Veley was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and was involved with several women’s organizations in the church.

Mrs. Veley is survived by her husband of 57 years; children Susan Soinski (Drew), David Veley (Linda), Janet Alexander, and Helen Rowland-Barnwell (Paul); and eight grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Veley’s life was Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Placid. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church (Outreach Center), 118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852.

Memorial arrangements were under the devotion of Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home, Lake Placid.