“I love God from everlasting to everlasting.” These were some of the final words from the kindest and most loving woman of God that this world will ever miss. (Mother Teresa gave her a good run for her money, though.)
On December 23rd, 2021 Nancy Dutra passed away due to the lack of quality care during her fight with Covid-19. Those words, “I love God from everlasting to everlasting”, summarize her life pretty well. She definitely lived a life of love. The only person she loved more than her family, which extended to many people, was God.
This was her first and highest passion. Mom spent much of her time reading the word, praying for others and listening to worship music(the older stuff, not the new trendy stuff.) She leaves a legacy out to her children's children to pray, worship and press into God through all our struggles and in ALL WAYS to trust Him!
For those who had the privilege to know her, you will know that she loved others more than herself. She would make sure to have the grandkids(and random highschool students) favorite treats around at all times and was the most involved Nana there ever was, sparing no expense to ensure she spent time with each of them, even when they lived more than a thousand miles away from each other and in 3 separate states. Every year she would push for a way to get everyone together “one more time” for Christmas. Aside from God, her family, especially the grandchildren, were her world.
She loved with everything she had and didn’t know how to hold back. When she met Mark and they started dating at ~15 years old, he had her whole heart. This love was so complete that she found herself concerned that she wouldn’t have any love left for her children as she was pregnant with her first. As her children and then grandchildren came, she always had more love to give. Somehow, she always found more, full, unfiltered love for each person that came into her life almost as if they were the only person she could possibly love.
The Bible tells us that anyone can love their family, but true love is to love our enemies as ourselves. Mom didn’t have many enemies, she was too nice, but she never treated anyone like a stranger. Her love for people extended to everyone, even if she just met you. She always tried to convince everyone that she was shy, but if you were that ~12 year old kid in the airport who couldn’t find his family and was about to break down until this strange lady came over and wrapped you in her loving hug, you will know that it didn’t take any time or effort for you to become part of her family. That boy did still cry, but Mom felt that a hug from a stranger would make him feel better, she just couldn’t help herself.
Her loving kindness and Godly, timely advice will forever be missed by any who reached out to her in their moment of need. This legacy will live on as she has raised up an army of spiritual warriors to fight the good fight of faith, but her leadership and example will only live on in our memories as it can never be replaced. No one else is that nice.
There will not be a public service for her as there is no place with enough room to house all of the people she touched. Her family has held a small celebration with immediate family and has followed out her final wishes for her ashes. Please do not send flowers to the family as today they are here and tomorrow gone. If you feel a need to send anything, please donate to a good cause in her name instead. Feel free to post memories and send in photos. We will work with this site to post as much as we can, in a timely fashion.
Next time you find yourself near Beauty Bay or see an Eagle flying or find yourself standing in faith and when you have done all that you can, stand still, we ask that you remember her, we always will.