Nancy Lee (Dakin) Hart, a 58-year resident of Chardon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022, at The David Simpson Hospice House with her loved ones at her side. She was 93 years and 20 days old. Nancy was born December 6, 1929, to Algie R. and Sue F. (nee: Parry) Dakin, in Warren, Ohio.
She dedicated her life to the service of others through her church and community affiliations and in her careers with the Geauga Treasurer’s Office, as Secretary to the Republican Party, as an elected Chardon Village Clerk, and over 40 years as a Jury Commissioner. Nancy was a Founding Member of the Western Reserve Spinners and Weaving Guild and a decades-long participant in the juried Chardon Arts Festival. She was a faithful part of the Great Geauga County Fair volunteers and as such would set up her educational demonstrations of spinning, dying, and weaving wool from its natural origin to completed project. She delighted in sharing and teaching her knowledge of this art form with students, friends, and community. Examples of her intricate and unique weavings and specialized rug hooking talents can be found in homes, churches, wardrobes, and establishments throughout Geauga County, across many state lines, and in several foreign counties.
Nancy had a gift for drawing people together in fellowship. She initiated and hosted countless gatherings and meals throughout her life and, in so doing, shared warmth and caring and generated a genuine sense of community for many. Additionally, she had a deep love and appreciation for nature and animals and was rarely seen without one of her beloved dogs. She loved to garden and never met a plant or blossom she couldn’t make room for, always willing and eager to share starts of her robust plants with others.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Tim) Grimm of Salem, OH; son, Shawn Patton of Sandusky, OH; Grandsons, Benjamin (Brittany) Grimm and Adam (Ann) Grimm; Great-Grandchildren, Eli, Lucas, Oliver, and Ava Grimm. She also leaves cherished nieces and countless dear friends.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rev. David Patton; husband William F. Hart, whom she married on March 31, 1973; son Eric Patton, and her sisters, Jean, Marian, Lois, and Sue.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 28, 2023, at the Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North Street, Chardon, OH 44024.
Donations in Nancy’s memory are suggested to the Chardon United Methodist Church or The David Simpson Hospice House, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 or go to www.hospicewr.org
Arrangements by the Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon, OH. Information and condolences at www.burrservice.com