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May 16, 1943 - May 26, 2021

In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and the family will greet other family and friends for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 5, 2021 beginning at 4:30 Shalom, Inc., located at 6276 North Riverview Drive in Kalamazoo, Michigan 49004. The family asks that those planning on attending please bring a dish to pass to share in food, fellowship and memories. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, care of the funeral home. Please feel free to leave a condolence message for Nancy’s family.

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Age 78, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 with her children, grandchildren and other family members at her side. Nancy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 16, 1943, the daughter of Ross and Frances (Taylor) Paddock. Nancy was a wonderful, kind and compassionate woman who cared deeply for her family and others. During her career, she worked with Visiting Nurses Association and Senior Services of Kalamazoo, serving the vulnerable and others who were unable to care for themselves. Nancy spent her entire life helping others and did so with a kindness like no other. Following her graduation from Kalamazoo Central High School, she met and married Bernard “Bernie” Youngblood on February 01, 1964, and celebrated 56 years of marriage, prior to Bernie’s death on September 11, 2020. During Bernie’s extended illness, Nancy gave of herself, caring for Bernie and keeping her faith that the Lord had a plan for them. Nancy was an avid crossword puzzle sleuth, loved reading, board games, crocheting, walking and bowling with her leagues at Richland Lanes. Nancy and Bernie were a power couple in the Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous programs, holding the hands and guiding those suffering from addiction. Together, they helped literally save the lives of countless individuals and made life-long friends along the way. Her life was always centered around her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bernie, and ten of her brothers and sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Thomas (Audrey) Youngblood of Parchment, Michigan, Barbara (George Ransome) Youngblood of Battle Creek, Michigan and Bradley (Missi) Youngblood of Kalamazoo, Michigan, along with her beloved grandchildren, Elida, Ian and Anna Youngblood, her brother Jerry Paddock and her sisters-in-law, Rose Marie Creek, and Esther Paddock, as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.