Nancy A. Binkley, 86

JULY 12, 1926-JULY 8, 2013

July 09, 2013
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Nancy Ann Gibney Binkley, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Monday, July 8, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind., just days before her 87th birthday.

Born July 12, 1926, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles Arthur Gibney Sr. and Charlotte Green Gibney.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Louis Edward Binkley, in 1998.

Nancy enjoyed a wonderful long life. She loved deeply and was deeply loved.

She taught elementary school for more than 37 years in Washington County Public Schools, beginning her career at Antietam Street School and later teaching at Pangborn Elementary School. She retired from teaching in 1990. She became a director of consumer affairs for the Paul Harris Stores, retail chain, in Indianapolis, Ind., in the mid to late '90s.

She spent most of her life in Hagerstown. Her later years were spent in Florida, Indianapolis, Vermont and Maryland enjoying a wonderful retirement, but she always had a big smile on her face when she returned to Maryland.

A great believer in education, she graduated from Frostburg College, earning a degree in education in 1946 followed by a master's degree in education from Columbia University in New York City, achieving it during a time when higher education was not always sought by women.

Her educational journey (and a great story) began when she went to her first day in the first grade and came home that night in the second grade. She always loved to tell that story with the caveat that her mother had been a teacher and home-schooled her, giving her a great foundation to complete the first grade in only one day!

Her other favorite education story was that she attended the tiny little school in Cearfoss, Md., an experience she always cherished.

As a tribute to her strong belief in the importance of education, the Nancy Gibney Binkley Scholarship at Frostburg State University lives on to help other Washington County elementary education students achieve their college dreams as she did.

She was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown and its Grace Sunday School class, where she was a teacher for many years. 

She is survived by one son, Louis Edward Binkley Jr. and his wife, Debra, of Frederick; two sisters, Barbara Jane Freeman of Hagerstown, and Charlotte Gibney Fischer and her husband, Stan, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; a brother, Charles A. Gibney Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Hagerstown; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Curtis Ehrgott will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Nancy Gibney Binkley Scholarship at Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532-1099; or Grace United Methodist Church, 712 W. Church St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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