Nancy Florence Veasey, 81, of Monterey, passed in her sleep in the early morning of June 14, 2017, at Kings Daughters Nursing Facility in Staunton.
Nancy was the daughter of the late Rear Admiral Ernest Charles Holtzworth, originally from Pea Ridge, W.Va., and Lucy Ann (Miller) Holtzworth from Huntington, W.Va.
As a US Navy junior, she lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, as well as Hawaii, where as a child she witnessed Japanese planes come down in front of her family’s home during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She graduated from Mrs. Graham’s School, Norfolk, Va., Lowell High School, San Francisco, Ca. and the University of California, Davis in 1958. Following graduation Nancy began her career as a physical therapist in Hawaii and then at San Francisco’s UCSF hospital. Nancy was often on the forefront of physical therapy practices in hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, Lamaze natural childbirth, and innovative workshops for physical therapy for horses and raptors in Fairfax, Roanoke and Waynesboro, Va. Additionally, Nancy established Highland Physical Therapy, now existing as part of HMC in Monterey. Her children particularly remember her nurturing their individual pursuits and saying “we take so much from this world and we need to give back too.” She was an avid horsewoman, artist and animal lover with a special fondness for turtles. Her intuitive gifts, sense of humor and love of nature will be missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her older sister, Ann Rheam.
She leaves her husband, Michael Craig Veasey, and stepson, Alexander Veasey, both of Monterey; three children, Ariana Horowitz Strozzi Mazzucchi of Point Arena, Ca., Jordan Horowitz of Grass Valley, Ca., and Joshua Ben Horowitz of San Rafael, Ca.; her grandchildren, Jack Strozzi of Point Arena, Ca., Leilani and Lahela Horowitz both of Grass Valley, Ca., Wesley Smith of Dayton, Nev., and Paloma Parsons of San Francisco, Ca.; as well as her great-grandsons, Chance and Ronan Smith both of Dayton, Nev.
Memorial services for Nancy are currently being planned and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, Va. 24465.