Nancy Louise Appleby

Nancy Louise Appleby, 87, Martinsburg, died peacefully Monday evening at The Village at Morrisons Cove after a lengthy decline with kidney disease.

She was born in East Freedom, daughter of the late Orva Eugene and Martha Susan (Dick) Decker. Moving with her family to Washington, D.C., for work during the Depression, she met and married Arnold Hempstone Appleby Jr. on Aug. 8, 1942, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He died April 12, 1981.

Surviving are three children: Sherri Courtland Theofield of Roaring Spring, Arnold Hempstone Appleby III and wife, Susan Faye, of District Heights, Md., and Anita Louise Koczan of Shrewsbury; four grandchildren who called her “Grammie”: Dawn Amber Theofield, Nancy Louise Smiley and husband, James, Barbra Jo Koczan and Arnold Hempstone Appleby IV and wife, Jennifer; five great-grandchildren who called her “Gee-Gee”: Joshua, Jason, Brett and Bredan Smiley and Carolyn Susan Appleby; and a sister, Lillian Sylvia Watts of St. Michaels, Md.

She was preceded in death by two sons-in-law: Truman Evan Theofield and Joseph Jerome Koczan.

Living in Washington, D.C., Nancy worked at the main post office as a clerk/typist. After her husband’s discharge from the military due to injury, she became a talented homemaker. She was a professional seamstress, handworker and upholstery crafter, and she won many awards for her doll creations. She retired from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where she had worked in the Russian Transliteration Division. She also worked in intelligence at the Naval Reconnaissance and Technical Support Center in Suitland, Md.

Nancy and her husband enjoyed traveling in Europe and the United States. In their later years, they took their camper on many trips.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Roaring Spring, Pastor Linda Banaszak officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.