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Memorial Service

Good Shepherd Community United Methodist Church (Ritner Hwy)
Saturday November 16th, 2019

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Nancy Bard

Nancy Booher Bard passed away peacefully on October 12, 2019. Born in Germany Valley, PA on October 1, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Leona Staubs  Booher. Throughout her life, Nancy was an avid reader, inquisitive listener and loyal friend. During her husband's United States Air Force career, she volunteered as an English teacher's aide in Ryukuan schools and as a Gray Lady at Travis Air Force Base Medical Facility. She was a private secretary at AMP, Inc. in its early years and last worked at The Book Of The Month Club.  Nancy was a devoted wife to husband Larry for 65 years (He and their eldest son “Tom” predeceased her.)

Nancy was fascinated with genealogy and was a member of the Huntingdon County Historical Society, Fort Shirley Historical Society and Cumberland County Historical Society. She was a member of the Shirleysburg Methodist Church and attended Good Shepherd Community United Methodist Church in Carlisle.

Surviving are children, Laryn, Timothy, Lewis, and Samantha; grandchildren, Jennifer, Sarah, Michael, William, Joshua and Benjamin; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, Tanner and James; and also one great-great-granddaughter, Lilliana. Also preceding her in death was her sister, Gladys Love.

Services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Good Shepherd Community United Methodist Church, 2135 Ritner Hwy., Carlisle, PA 17015 with Rev. Richard Noggle officiating. Burial will be held in the Germany Valley Brethren Church Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. Visit www.HollingerFuneralHome.com for condolences to the family.

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I've never met Nancy Bard in person but over the telephone, long distance in a situation that was very similar to the one in the movie "Magnolia", (1999) starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C'Reilly, Melora Walters, William Macy, Julianne Moore, and Tom Cruise. That movie was so uncannily similar to my experience that it inspired me to dial 411 in search of Nancy, in 2000, because of a cherished friend of mine who happens to be one of her sons, and being very independent and ambitious by nature, as he is, had realized that he'd inadvertently somehow not talked to his family in 8 years and they'd for whatever reason lost contact info for him. So there was my moment where I felt like Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character looking for the right phone number for "Frank". Phillip Seymour Hoffman's role in the movie is that he was caregiver for Frank's (Tom Cruise's) long lost father. The whole movie leads up to "Frank" coming back to see his father for the first time since adolescence. Well, the first phone number that the 411 operator gave me belonged to Nancy Bard, and I called the number and found my call and efforts welcomed a reunited family coming together shortly thereafter, since I informed her where he was living, so they could arrange travel details. I've spoken to Mrs. Bard a handful of times after that, too through the years and enjoyed her cheeky sense of humor. May she rest in peace in heaven with her husband, son and sister. Mrs. Bard was gifted in the art of subtlety and personal charm which I appreciated. One example was once when I called her in a state of anxiety asking for advice about something silly her son was doing that was mildly irritating, and she told me, lightheartedly: "get a grip, woman!" and then held the phone next to the radio which had a classical piece of music just finishing, and the radio DJ announcing that it was composed by Handel. (Handle) Pun intended. Get a .... grip... a handle. a Handel. It took me about an hour to realize that she had made a cheeky joke. Its hard to put my words together but there is so much to say about this lady, and I'm glad we crossed paths. There is so much Love and respect in my heart for the Bard family, and I feel honored to have played a role in keeping them in contact with one another. In return I have learned so much wisdom, empathy and strength from their unique military perspectives , 3 of her gracious kids that cared enough to be friendly and talk with me too. - -

Lara D. Nov 22 2019 12:00 AM