Nancy Jean Hackworth, a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend, peacefully passed away on January 3, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was 70 years old.
Born on April 17, 1953, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, Nancy was the daughter of Virginia Ann Olsen and Larcom McIntosh Jr. She grew up in a warm and loving home alongside her cherished siblings, Ralph, David, Paula (MacDonald), and Philip.
Nancy found her lifelong partner in Gary Hackworth and together they built a life filled with love and companionship. They affectionately referred to each other as my boyfriend and my girlfriend. Nancy is survived by her devoted husband who stood by her side through thick and thin.
Family meant everything to Nancy and her legacy lives on through her two daughters, Heather Leblanc and Holly Andriolo. Heather’s husband, Jonathan Leblanc, became not just a son-in-law, but a beloved member of the family. Nancy was a source of guidance, love, and endless support to her daughters, creating a bond that will endure beyond her physical presence.
A highlight of Nancy’s life was the joy she found in being a grandmother. Isabella Andriolo and Scarlett Leblanc brought immeasurable happiness to her world. Nancy’s face would light up with pure joy in their presence and she treasured every moment spent with them.
Nancy’s heart also expanded to include two stepsons and their families; Brian Hackworth, his wife Stacey, and their children Anthony, Shawn, Lahela, and Logan. Walter Hackworth, his wife Aubry, and her children Dakota and Gabriella.
Beyond her roles as a wife, mother, and grandmother, Nancy was a woman of many talents and a devout Christian. Her love for the Lord was evident in her active involvement in her church. Her faith was the compass guiding her through life and her commitment to her church community was a testament to the depth of her spirituality.
Nancy found solace in simple pleasures, such as tending to her garden, calligraphy, and expressing her creativity through cross-stitch. Her talent extended to floral arranging, bringing beauty and elegance into her home and the homes of many. Nancy also found joy in baking and cooking for her loved ones, especially around the holidays. Her pecan tarts were legendary and her kitchen was a place of warmth and love.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 10 at Richmond First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Glen Allen, VA.
The family asks that any flower donations be delivered to Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294 by Tuesday, January 9th.
Nancy Jean Hackworth leaves behind a legacy of love, warmth, and kindness that will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the gardens of heaven, forever alive in the hearts of those who loved her.