Nancy Viola Hardcastle
August 21, 1954  -  October 29, 2017

Nancy Viola Hardcastle

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Graveside Cemetery
Tinnie Cemetery
Highway 70
Tinnie, NM  88351
Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 am
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Nancy left this world for her eternal home on Sunday October 29, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born on August 21, 1954 in Roswell, New Mexico to Lester and Opal Burnes. Both of her parents have preceded her in death.
Nancy was a unique blend of endurance, tenacity, and charisma. During her working years she found her place at Glovers Packing Plant in Roswell and also at IBP in Amarillo, Texas. Nancy had a spirit of compassion which paired with a heart to serve those who needed assistance. She spent time as a private duty sitter for the elderly by taking seniors to doctor appointments and learned the trade of transcriptionist while working for St. Mary’s and La Casa. The strength of her body may have waivered but her mind and will never did. She lived and loved life to the fullest and even when medical problems attempted to slow her pace she endured.
She had a heart of gold and an iron tenacity that came naturally. She would help anybody even if it meant taking them into her home. When others were written off as hopeless Nancy stepped up to help and the good that might be hidden beneath a person’s broken veneer was always crystal clear to her. She fostered a place of ease and calm in the torrential storm of life and her generosity has left behind many changed lives for those she encountered during their darkest hour.
Nancy embodied a warm and inviting charisma that attracted the attention of Ray Hardcastle. The two were married on May 05, 1989 and remained together until his passing. Looking back on her life Nancy has experienced many things and visited many places but those moments are fleeting and fade through the passage of time. Her legacy is deeper and enduring. Her legacy is the joys of family and friends, the love and sorrow shared through them, and the compassion and concern she gave. As her family grows and branches the self-sacrifice she made will be seen in their character and the unconditional love and patience she planted into each one. The traits of her endurance, tenacity and charisma will be evident in the generations to come.
Nancy is survived by her son Jackie Ray Hardcastle and Marie; children Merry Alvarez, Raynell Smith-Ward, Mary Stuart, Kitty Smith; brother Leo Burnes and Kathy; sisters Helen Barton and Elveita Buckner and husband Leon; sister-in-law Mary Herrington and husband George; grandchildren Erin Hardcastle, Pablin Jimenez, Cassandra, Richard, Adryana, Christian, Cameron, Courtney, Cody, CJ, Donna, Billy, Ashley, Amanda, Trampus, Becky, Tahnee and Charlene; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; her Jenkins family who she loved dearly and anyone who may have accidentally been left out it was unintentional.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Ray Hardcastle; brother Monroe Burnes; daughter Lori and special friend Dennis Jenkins who was her fiancé.
Per Nancy’s request she will be cremated.


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  1. Artina
    new castle, DE

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Its never pleasant when you lose someone you love in death, it seems as though your whole world is turned upside down. Losing your loved one and not having that one in your life anymore can be very devastating. It is my hope that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. I like to share this scripture with you, John 5:28, 29 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [Jesus] voice and come out, to a resurrection of life . What a joyful day that will be to see your dear loved one again. It will be a reality.
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  2. Alyce and Mike Holmes
    Flagstaff, AZ

    Aunt Nan,
    Your love was always unconditional. Your advice was always right on. Your ability to help me see how my actions affect others helped me develop empathy for others and always try to make the effort to be fair.
    I love you and miss you, wish I could have seen you one more time.

  3. William and Danielle Burnes
    Fort Worth, TX

    You will be missed...We love you...May you rest in peace 😭

  4. Ernesto Fresquez
    Albuquerque, NM

    The Burnes Family were our next neighbors on Mulberry street. Grew up with Nancy and the rest of the Burnes girls (Helen and Elvita. ?? As I rember). Rest In Peace Nancy!

  5. Hannah Corn
    Lovington, NM

    I love you Aunt Nanny!

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