Nancy (Rockwood) Haigh 86, a resident of John Knox Village in Orange City, Florida, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. She was a devoted wife to Jack A. Haigh, Sr., and they shared over 62 years together.
Born in The City of Orange, New Jersey, on February 26, 1934, she was the middle of three children born to George Herbert Rockwood & Ruth Humiston Rockwood. She was raised primarily in New Jersey before the family relocated to Illinois. She graduated in 1951 from University High School in Urbana, Illinois before continuing her studies at the University of Illinois. During her college years, she was given the opportunity to teach English in Thailand at Kasetsart University for one year when her mother accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the same University. She continued her studies at the University of Illinois before the family relocated to Tallahassee, Florida. Nancy continued her studies at Florida State University and was a member of the Alpha Omega Pi Sorority. She earned both her bachelor and master’s degrees in Library Science at F.S.U. and completed her formal education in 1960.
Utilizing the skills she had learned with her degrees, Nancy served as a librarian at Kate Sullivan Elementary in Tallahassee, Florida, and later at Bear Lake Elementary School in Forest City, Florida, assisting countless public school children along their educational journey. Eventually, she accepted her dream job as Coordinator of Instructional Media for Seminole County Public Schools. She loved reaching even more children by serving at the county level and would only retire following the birth of her first grandchild. Eventually, she planned for the next stage of her life by researching continuing care facilities around the state of Florida before moving to John Knox Village in Central Florida. Nancy remained extremely active by not only volunteering as Secretary on the Resident’s Council, but also by organizing the existing libraries and assisting management with the design for the new library. Away from John Knox Village, she was a member and elder of the First Christian Church in Deland. Nancy was always willing to assist others as opportunities presented.
Nancy loved bird watching and nature. She was a member of the Nature Walkers at John Knox Village and she kept track of all the birds she found over the years. While she loved her time volunteering and her time outdoors, her first priority was spending quality time with her family. She adored her husband Jack Sr., their two children, Joanne and Jack Jr., her four grandchildren Matthew, Nicholas, Jeffrey, and Brooklyn, and even her “favorite” son-in-law, Brian, and “favorite” daughter-in-law, Tina. She spent her early years working and taking care of her children. She often sewed outfits for Joanne and sometimes made a matching outfit for herself. She threw the most creative children’s birthday parties from designing all the costumes, food, and games for the 1776 themed party for Joanne, and created a treasure map leading to a buried treasure and cake filled with gold coins for Jack, Jr.. Weekends were spent on the boat, the Nancy R.( I, II, and III), whether she was skiing behind the boat, hitting a wave and doing a flip so her glasses fell off, or heading up the St. Johns River on a Sunday afternoon to have a picnic lunch on Hontoon Island. She was in attendance for every educational milestone, sporting event, or performance in which a loved one participated so that they would know and more importantly feel her support. When Joanne and Jack each married their spouses, she felt she gained 2 more children, not in-laws. She was always excited to create new memories whether it was cruising the high seas, a weekend outing to Disney, taking grandchildren to her breakfast group or simply visiting a park and feeding ducks. She made sure to visit Jack and Tina every Wednesday for dinner so she could see “favorite” granddaughter, Brooklyn. Family was always her priority, and her love and support continues to be felt by those she loved.
Nancy is survived by her husband Jack Sr.; Daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Brian Coury of Lake Mary, Florida. Son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Tina Haigh of Clermont, Florida. Grandchildren: Matthew and his wife Nina Coury of South Bend, Indiana; Nicholas Coury of Shelton, Connecticut; Jeffrey Coury of Lake Mary, Florida; Brooklyn Haigh of Clermont, Florida. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in law, Charles and Persis Rockwood of Tallahassee, Florida, and her sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Fred Bethke of Petaluma, California. Nieces: Jennifer and Audrey, also of California, and their families. She was predeceased in death by her parents, George and Ruth Rockwood.
A Virtual Celebration of Life will be held on February 26, 2021. Additional details will follow.
They are alive and well somewhere, the smallest sprout shows that
there is really no death,
and if ever there was it led forward to life