Nancy Claire Alewine passed away peacefully at her home on October 2, 2015. She was surrounded by dearly loved family and friends as she left us to be reunited with her husband of 44 years Joe Alewine. A memorial service celebrating Nancy's life will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck with Rev. Steve Nance and Chaplain Merry Wilburn of Providence Hospice officiating. This will be a celebration. Please feel comfortable to wear bright colors to honor Nancy’s love of life. Born to parents Ruth and Augustus, Nancy Claire Lowry entered this world in Boyle, Mississippi on December 3, 1946. She was delivered at home by her granddaddy who was the local country doctor. She grew up in Cleveland, Mississippi as the middle child of 3 sisters. She is survived by both her eldest sister Carrol Townsend and younger sister, Linda Slough. Nancy left the Mississippi Delta to study dental hygiene at the University of Tennessee. While she never moved back to Mississippi, the Delta never quite left her. When my sister and I were young and that Mississippi accent showed up, we knew it was either time to hide or show up front and center as soon as possible. Nancy met Joe Alewine in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was set up by friends on a blind date. Joe and Nancy spent that entire date sharing life stories and by the end of that evening she knew she had met her soul mate. On their third date, Nancy told Joe he was the man she was going to marry. That was Nancy Claire—a woman who knew her mind and her heart. She would say, “If you know something is right for you deep in your heart, don’t you dare let anyone else talk you out of it.” This is not a recitation of where she lived and what she did. This is about the woman that was Nancy Claire Alewine . This may come as a surprise, but she was actually very shy. Her reserved nature might’ve seemed aloof to some, but she simply had a hard time being social with new people. She showed by living how she got past that hurdle and let people into her life. She was a loyal friend and truly a force of nature. She lived her life by example. She was beautiful-model pretty and she was the least vain person you’ve ever known. By living her life that way, she built up confidence in those that knew and loved her. It’s truly all right to not care what other people think or say about you. Be yourself in all things and that will lead to a happy fulfilled life. She was brilliant. She could use her hands to create things of beauty. Quilting, gardening, crafting-it seemed that whatever she turned her hands and mind to creating became a success. She discovered her love and talent for quilting and opened the Quilt Patch—a long arm quilting service and shop. She found lasting, loving friendships that began by a simple common interest in quilting. She wanted you to know if you received a baby quilt from her, it was to be used and played with-not put away and admired. There’s a part of her love in every project she worked on and finished for her clients. Her marriage to Joe was a shining example of the bond that holds two people together. It was much deeper than romantic love. It was trust and respect and compromise. It was forty-four years together of ups and downs and in sickness and in health and laughter and love and tears and most of all friendship. It brings peace to all that loved her knowing that they are reunited once again. Nancy is survived by two exceptional daughters, Amanda Jane Alewine and Cindy Spess and husband Stephen Spess, and beloved grandson Ethan Spess; her favorite sisters, Linda Slough and Carrol Townsend; the best sisters-in-law a woman could know, Ann Alewine and Rita Davis and husband Leo Davis. Nieces and Nephews that brought joy and love to her life, Danny Alewine and wife Karen, Dianne Doughty and husband Terry, Rucker Davis and wife Nikki, Mark Alewine, Lisa Bruner and husband CW, Mike Davis and wife Julie; Stephanie Sullivan and husband Brian, Russell Slough and Tonya Brekker. Great Nieces and Nephews she had so much fun watching grow up, Eric Doughty and wife Tarah, Chance Alewine and wife Shy, Cody Bruner, Caycee Bruner, Sam Alewine, Noah Davis, Celia Davis, Luke Davis, Chase Davis, Liam Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Nathaniel and Alexandra. Great Great Nephews that were cuter than any other great great nephews, Carter Doughty and Grayson Alewine. In lieu of flowers, Nancy would like you to help support education for the next generation and the upkeep of the Big Hill Cemetery. Please make donations to: Groesbeck Scholarship Fund, PO Box 657, Groesbeck, Texas 76642; or Big Hill Cemetery Fund c/o Pamela Sodd, LCR 626, Groesbeck Texas 76642.