Nancy DeTray


Nancy Jean DeTray, Defiance, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on July 26, 2014, with her family at her side.

She was born on June 2, 1940, to Kenneth and Esther (Schmunk) Parker in Defiance, Ohio. She attended Defiance High School and on June 12, 1976, she married Tim DeTray. Nancy was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Nancy was an avid gardener and a member of Defiance County Master Gardeners.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Tim DeTray; her children, Rob (Trice) Copeland of Redmond, Wash., Rick (Debbie) Copeland of Jensen Beach, Fla., Randy (Sheri) Copeland of Oakwood, Ohio, Angela (Kevin) Kane of Angola, Ind.; and six grandchildren, Alex, Andy, Brooke, Rene, Spencer, and Cara; as well as one great-grandchild, Willow. She is also survived by her sisters, Janet Heller and Dawn Suffaro; and her brothers, Chuck Parker, Bernie Parker and Danny Parker.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Joyce Jackman; and her brother, Ned Parker.

Nancy touched us all with her kindness, her humor, her determination and most of all, her ability to see the beauty in everyday life. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Jeff Miller officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Memorials may be made to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or Harvest Field Pentecostal Church, Scott, Ohio. Online condolences may be left at

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