Nancy Olive Woolley (Miles) Jones

Born: Sun., Feb. 26, 1933
Died: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 01, 2019
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

Recitation of the Rosary

5:30 PM Fri., Mar. 01, 2019
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 02, 2019
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 02, 2019
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

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Nancy Olive (Miles) Woolley Jones, 85 of South Bend, Indiana passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 9th, surrounded by her family. Nancy was born in Hugo, Colorado on February 26th, 1933 to Florence and George Miles. The fifth of seven children, she grew up in Plymouth, Indiana to which she moved with her family at a young age.

Nancy was a graduate of Plymouth High School where she was a cheerleader, later attending John Herron Art School in Indianapolis and (in 1998 at age 65) graduating from IUSB with a degree in Fine Arts. She worked for many years in the South Bend school system as an employee at Edison School.

Nancy lived her life filled with spirit and love. She was a devoted Catholic and a long-time parishioner of St. Thèrése, Little Flower Catholic Church. She volunteered her time and talent to support many charitable organizations and activities, including providing and serving meals at Hope Rescue Mission and as a tour guide at Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art.

Nancy was an artist, an avid learner and a world traveler. Her passion for sports showed in many hours of watching her boys and grandchildren compete in sporting events, cheering on Notre Dame football and basketball, golfing in the Elbel 9-Hole Golf League and bowling. Her joy of playing games was seen in attending Wednesday afternoon Bridge with her dear friends in the local Bridge Club, competing at Scrabble with her family, watching Jeopardy and completing weekly crossword puzzles. She always seemed to have a book in her hand or nearby, and for many years attended Forever Learning classes on a diverse range of interesting topics.

Nancy was an adored wife to her husbands, a beloved friend to her siblings, a role model to her nephews and nieces, and a devoted and cherished mother and grandmother. Her compassion touched the hearts of and provided comfort and support to many in her community.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husbands, Mark Woolley (m. July 1953) and David Jones (m. August 1960), as well as her parents George and Florence and siblings Mary Virginia, Donita, Joe, and Patty. She is survived by her nine loving sons, David (Sally), Steve (Diana), Greg (Laureen), Tom (Jerri), Chris (Deborah), Brian (Leslie), Pat (Jenny), Mike (Lisa) and Joe (Jennifer). In addition, she is survived by 21 loving grandchildren and her sisters Eileen Thompson (Stanley), Tina Miles (Richard Garnett), and sister-in-law Violet Miles-Goodall (Terry).

At Nancy's request, her body was donated to Indiana University for the advancement of science.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday March 2nd, at 11 AM at Little Flower Catholic Church at 54191 North Ironwood Rd, South Bend, IN 46635. Friends may call on the family for visitation from 5 to 7 PM on Friday March 1st at Little Flower Catholic Church, with Rosary at 5:30 PM. They may also call on family one hour prior to memorial mass on Saturday the 2nd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Thérèse, Little Flower Catholic Church ( or Catholic Relief Services (

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The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. (Robert Frost)

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Charitable donations may be made in Nancy's memory to the following organizations:

St. Thérèse, Little Flower Catholic Church
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Catholic Relief Services

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David R Cripe
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
My condolences to the entire Woolley - Jones - Miles family... Nancy was a an amazing person who lead an exemplary life of faith, strength and courage. I remember my aunt fondly - as a child going to help all the boys paint the exterior of the house. How she managed to remain calm in sometimes utter chaos is still a mind-boggle. Laundry running all day down in the basement, cooking constantly in the kitchen with meals for an army, tending her garden - and attending her beloved church. She was always warm and friendly to all, but for me it was her kindness to my mother with her lifelong struggles that still touches my heart. May she rest in eternal peace.


Fr Jim Bracke csc
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
God’s Love and comfort in the Risen Jesus! Saddened for the loss of your mom, grandmother and all she means to you. I regret hip replacement surgery will keep me from attending the rosary or memorial mass. What a talented, caring and a woman of deep faith. I will remember her smile and keep it there to help my journey of faith. I played golf with her and what fun to be with her.May she Rest In Peace. I offered Mass for her today.

Sincerely in Notre Dame,

Fr Jim Bracke CSC Notre Dame Staff Chaplain