Urban, Nancy Hashberger

Longtime Social Worker Retired As Director Of Hospice Of Chattanooga

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024
Nancy Hashberger Urban
Nancy Hashberger Urban

In loving memory of Nancy Hashberger Urban of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and whose strength, grace and love touched the lives of all who knew her, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024.

Nancy was born in Chattanooga, Tn., on Dec. 22, 1946, to James and Johnnie Ruth Hashberger. As a little girl, Nancy lived in both Signal Mountain as well as Red Bank where she attended and graduated from Red Bank High School. After high school, Nancy attended the University of Tennessee and eventually went on to get her bachelor’s degree in social work, where she was a member of the Omicron Chapter of Phi Alpha Honorary Society, at the University of West Florida. Nancy also received her master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the College of Saint Francis.

As a social worker who served her communities in both Fort Walton Beach, Fl., as well as Chattanooga, she tirelessly advocated for those in need. One of her last positions she held before retiring was as director of Hospice of Chattanooga, where her unwavering dedication and gentle spirit brought light to those facing life’s most challenging moments.

Nancy’s heart truly belonged to the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast where she raised her family, ate her favorite foods like oysters and shrimp, and enjoyed a lifetime hobby of collecting, researching and restoring shells she found in the area, all the while still rooting for her Vols all the way from Florida.

Nancy was an avid reader, who immersed herself in genealogy to better understand her heritage and roots. As part of that journey, Nancy and her husband Richard, traveled to Scotland to the Isle of Jura where many of Nancy’s relatives had lived in centuries past. She always said this was her favorite place to have visited.

Most of all, Nancy cherished the time spent with her family. She was her husband’s, children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan and never missed an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, big or small, showering them with applause, hugs, and words of praise all along the way.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, James and Johnnie Ruth Hashberger.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 29 years, Dr. Richard D. Urban, PhD, daughter, Stacey Mitchell Yoakum and husband, Steve Yoakum, daughter, Amy Mitchell Ruark and husband, James Ruark, daughter, Bree Urban and husband, Brian Hatch, son, Brandt Urban and wife, Anita Urban, her sister, Jan Redding and husband, Ron Redding, her niece, Jill Rooks and husband, Brad Rooks. She is also survived by her much loved grandchildren, Jackson Yoakum, Charles and Lucy Ruark, Ariella, Lainee, and Xahria Hatch, Kai and Cora Urban, and grandniece and grandnephew, Hope and Hayden Rooks. She is also survived by dear, lifetime friend Gale Mauk.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Nancy, contributions may be made to Hearth Hospice, 513 Georgia Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37403.

The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

A private family celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a later date.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.

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