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Nancy Adams Sturges


Nancy Adams Sturges, age 76 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

She was born in Denver, Colorado to the late Frank T. Adams, Jr. and Alice W. Adams.

She graduated from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, FL and continued her education, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science from Florida State University where she was a member of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta. She moved to Fernandina Beach working as a Librarian in the Fernandina Beach Public Library. She then went back and earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from Emory University.

She moved back to Fernandina Beach, Florida and married Ken Sturges. She returned to work as a Librarian at the Fernandina Beach Public Library until they had two children. After her children were able to attend school, Nancy returned to work as a Media Specialist at Callahan Intermediate School until she retired in the mid 1990's. Throughout her life, she has been an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. She has a strong faith in the Lord and answered his call to serve through many roles. She has taught Sunday school classes, worked in the Nursery, volunteering for church programs, serving as a deacon and on various committees.

In her spare time Nancy loved to read. She and Ken enjoyed traveling all over the country and overseas. She believed in her community and adopted/rescued her dogs from the Nassau Humane Society. Nancy also enjoyed Genealogy and was instrumental in the formation of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society. Her genealogical work helped her become an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Above all, Nancy loved her family and especially her grandchildren, who were the apples of her eye.

She is preceded in death by her husband, David Kenneth Sturges, Jr.

She leaves behind daughter, Susannah Chase (Trevor) of Apopka, Florida; son, David Sturges (Kelly) of Fernandina Beach, Florida; sister-in-law, Margaret Harris (Rodney) of Jacksonville, Florida; brother-in-law, Walter Sturges (Susan) of Fernandina Beach, Florida; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Slover and Carol Cason (Sammy) both of Fernandina Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Samantha Sturges, David Noah Sturges, Isabell Sturges, Kenny Chase, Indy and Finley LaMar and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 11, 2020 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard with Reverend Julie Higby officiating.

Her family will receive friends Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at; the American Diabetes Association at or Nassau Humane Society, 639 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.


Janis Dougherty Johnson December 12, 2020

I have fond memories of Ms Nancy, the new librarian who came to work at our new library on Centre Street. I loved to read and checked out many books. She was always smiling and kind and patient. I remember Ms Nancy held a story time for us kids during the summer, and I seldom missed it. It was nice to go and cool off and she would have cookies and kool aid for us. May God comfort all her family.

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