Obituary: Nancy van Dijk

Nancy Christine (Small) van Dijk ended life on this earth on Dec. 17, 2019.
Nancy was born in Wichita on Feb. 11, 1948, to Donald and Alice Jane Small. She grew up on a wheat farm outside of Conway Springs. She was active in 4-H, learned to drive a John Deere “D” tractor in second grade, and she later became a great combine driver at harvest time.
Nancy graduated from Wichita State University with a BAE in art education. Nancy spent a number of years in Cheney, where she taught high school art and owned a flower and gift shop. She and her family moved to Cape May Court House, N.J., in 1987. During her years in New Jersey, Nancy worked in the real estate business in Avalon and Stone Harbor.
Nancy loved being creative – she threw pottery on the pottery wheel, worked with wood, hand-painted furniture, arranged flowers and did decorating. She taught a class in floral design at Cape May Technical School. More recently, she loved “projects” with her granddaughters while she cared for them.
The birth of the first granddaughter brought Jack and Nancy to North Carolina. Then the three granddaughters brought the greatest joy to Nancy and Jack when they cared for them, helped with homework, taxied them to after school activities and loved watching them growing up.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jack; two beloved sons, Jordan Mount of Philadelphia, Penn., and Benjamin Mount and wife Celina of Cary, N.C.; granddaughters, Madeleine, Lauren and Rachel of Cary, N.C.; sister, Susan Morris and husband Ed of Gaithersburg Md., and their children Stephanie and Ryan; and brother Bill Small and wife Kathy of Hutchinson and their children, Andrew and Sam.
Nancy leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter – hers was a life well lived. To honor Nancy’s memory, hug those you love and open your heart to loving those you don’t know.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, N.C.
If desired, flowers can be sent to 200 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, N.C. 27511.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to a charity of your choice.