Nancy Thompson

April 20, 1941 - September 24, 2021

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Nancy Ann Thompson of 401 South Main St, passed away quietly in her sleep in the early hours of Friday, Sept 24th at about 2:30am. She was 80. She was a longtime fixture of the community with her beauty shop - Talk O' the Town on Main St.

She was born Nancy Ann Pfenning on April 20th, 1941 in Muskegon, Michigan to Dorcey (Dot) Johnson and Harvey G. Pfenning. She was the last surviving of 3 children including her sister Shirli Echols of Lakeland, FL and brother Harvey A. (Bud) Pfenning of Muskegon.

She moved to Urbana in 1968 as Nancy Riley with her 3 young sons. Shortly after, she bought the house on Main St and has been there since. With the assistance of her sister, also a hairdresser in Florida, she went back to school and got full training as a cosmetologist. She worked for another beauty shop for several years and later opened her own place on Main Street since it was already zoned for business. The family would like to thank Nancy's many clients at Talk O' the Town throughout the decades - people she deeply cared for that treated her like extended family. She loved the aspect of working for herself and bringing the joy to others that doing hair brought to many.

Along with that aspect of helping others, she was a longtime proponent and seller of Herbalife products for 30 years. She also spent a lifetime as a highly talented creator of all sorts of items she made on her Singer sewing machine that she bought with her own money in high school. A fabulous machine she kept going all her life. She produced and sold hundreds of beautiful purses and bags of her own designs, pillows and craft items through the years. This love of and sense of creating things was passed on to her children and especially her grandchildren. She also was an artist that drew and painted for many years.

Her 4 sons and their spouses are James A. Riley of Acworth, GA and his late wife Elizabeth (Betsy). Todd M. Riley and his wife Terry of Dublin, OH. Grandsons - Christopher & Sean. Aaron Hiltibran and his wife Samantha of Urbana - grandchildren Kendyl & Rees. She lost 3rd son, Daniel R. Riley in 1998. Also, step daughter, Julie (Hiltibran) Stanton and her husband Bobby of Lafayette, IN.

Other important people and special friends she leaves behind include, ex-husband and dear friend, Mark Thompson, Karen (Violet) Patterson, Jody and Tammy Wisecup, Mary Beatty, Laurena Eaton, and DC Laurie Stickney.

Nancy was a wonderful and encouraging mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed. As Aaron points out, she'll be "God's white light and a guardian angel" for all of us in our memories and her guidance and positive encouragement throughout our lives.

Following Nancy's wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Terry & Dottie Wisecup - Oct 1, 2021
So sorry to hear about Nancy. Glad we had the privilege of knowing her. You are all in our prayers.
Mary Darr - Sep 25, 2021
When I think of Nancy, I remember wonderful Thanksgivings at her house. She welcomed me and my daughters, Ayn and Jane, into her home like we were family. She was a kind, generous, sweet lady. We will miss her greatly. Sympathy, prayers, and love to the family.

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