NANCY SUTCLIFFE, a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas passed from this life to Heaven on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas. Nancy's journey in life began in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 08, 1927. She grew up in Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii where she attended Waimea High School and worked in the family grocery store.
After high school she and her sister Shima moved to Chicago, Illinois where Nancy met her husband of 28 years and father of her four children, Harry Sutcliffe.
Eureka Springs has been Nancy's home since 1965. During that time she owned and operated Bell's Flowers and then served the community of Eureka Springs as City Clerk for 20 some years where she became known for her welcoming smile by townspeople and visitors alike. Nancy issued more marriage certificates than one can imagine and loved that part of her job.
Nancy's life can best be described as being one of the most generous, kind, and loving human beings and will be remembered for her optimistic spirit, her beaming smile, and her love of people. Nancy enjoyed gardening, flowers, and baking, was dedicated to God and often practiced His good will by volunteering for Meals on Wheels and making her famous banana nut bread for neighbors, friends, and the homebound.
Nancy is survived by her four children: Priscilla Willis and her husband Donald Willis of Huntington Beach, California, Harrison Sutcliffe of Eureka Springs, Ruth Heagney and her husband Tom Heagney of Greenwich, Connecticut and Kathy Nelson of Berryville and Springdale, Arkansas; six grandchildren: Erica and Adam Sutcliffe, Claire and Catherine Chabert, Justin Nelson and Chloe Willis; as well as two great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kagen Ellis.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Tatsuo and Masayo (Ouchi) Takaoka; two brothers, Kinley and Takeo Takaoka; and one sister, Shima Dwyer.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs with graveside service celebrating her life and beautiful soul, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Eureka Springs Cemetery with Reverend Tim Garrison officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial Donations may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762, Good Shepherd Humane Society, 6486 Highway 62 East, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632, or Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.