Nancy Irene Collins King of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born in Laurel on Oct. 3, 1931, the daughter of the late James Collins and Julia Hearn.

Nancy graduated from Wicomico High School in 1949. She originally trained to be a nurse, but later switched to accounting and worked well into her seventies in that field.

She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Nanticoke Unit 6, where she actively served for over 50 years in many capacities including unit president and treasurer. Nancy also served as Delaware department president of the ALA from 1984-85 and was a member of the Disabled Americans Veterans Auxiliary Chapter 19 in Salisbury, Md., serving as commander in 1982-83.

Nancy loved laughing, dancing and having fun. She enjoyed reading, her faithful beagle Toby, watching Jeopardy (being one of James Holzhauers’s biggest fans) and eating ice cream. One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren whom she greatly loved.

In addition to her parents and stepfather, Robert Ada, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard King in 1969 and her companion of many years, Bill Lauder; her sister, Betty Perry Russell; daughter-in-law, Susan Duxler King; and a nephew, Greg Perry.

She is survived by her four children, Susan Marshall (Rick Gardner), Judith Light (Martin), Robert King, and Julie Beachboard (Mark); three grandchildren, Tracey, Trevor, and Jordan Beachboard; and one great-grandson, Cooper Beachboard.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Cranston Funeral Home, Shipley Street, Seaford. She was buried in Blades Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Compassionate Care Hospice (or a hospice of your choice); the Senior Dog Sanctuary (Toby) at; or the American Legion Auxiliary.

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