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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:43 am

Nancy Elizabeth Tipton Langford, age 84, of Bandera, Texas, passed away on June 18 after a brief illness.

She was born to the late Roy Tipton and Thelma Tipton on Oct. 18, 1934, in Houston, Texas.

Nancy graduated from Cranford High School in Cranford, New Jersey, and went on to attend Southwestern University, where she became a member of the Tri Delta Sorority.

While she was in college, she met the love of her life, Travis Langford, who was attending Texas A&M.

After graduation, they were married on April 12, 1958 in Cranford and later settled in San Antonio, Texas, after Travis was discharged from the United States Army. 

Nancy worked a variety of jobs while raising her two children, Cynthia (Cindy) and Joe.  She taught kindergarten for several years and later worked for the Texas Employment Commission, as well as H&R Block. 

Nancy enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. For many summers, she visited the Texas Gulf Coast with her sisters-in-law, Bea and Nina.

They enjoyed other trips to New England and the Southwest together.  No matter where they were, shopping was a key component!

She also traveled to London and Paris with her daughter Cindy and son-in-law Michael in 2006 and 2008.  She and Travis visited many areas in the Northwest and Southwest, but their favorite destination was Ruidoso, New Mexico. 

Nancy first started sewing as a new young mother. Over the years, she made many formals and outfits for Cindy, even up to the time of Cindy's first year of teaching. 

She later took up quilting as a hobby and created many beautiful items.  A host of family members and friends are the proud owners of a Nancy-created quilt or baby blanket.  Nancy also donated baby blankets to the church for their fundraising activities. 

After Travis' retirement, they built a home on the Langford Ranch and became involved in the community, including the Bandera United Methodist Church.  Nancy was an active member, serving on the board of trustees and participating in activities with the United Methodist Women.

She was co-chairman of the kitchen committee that compiled the church cookbook “A Feast From the Hill Country,” published in 2002. 

She was also a member of the Cut-Ups, which she dearly enjoyed and was actively engaged in even up to the final days of her life.  She loved creating greeting cards and other various crafts as well as preparing baked goods for the group's fundraising activities. 

Nancy loved life at the Langford Ranch.  Every day was a new testament to the glory of God's creation.  The cows with their calves, the deer, the turkeys, the jackrabbits and cottontails, stunning sunrises and sunsets and the beautiful flowers and trees were a source of never-ending pleasure to her.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents Roy and Thelma Tipton, her brother and sister-in-law Roy and Bette Tipton, and her daughter-in-law Melinda Langford.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Travis; her daughter Cynthia Jean and son-in-law Michael Taylor; her son Joe David; and her grandchildren Erin and Sam, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 22,2019, at 1 p.m. at Bandera United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association San Antonio Office, 10223 McAllister Freeway, No. 100, San Antonio, Texas, 78216; The BUMC (Bandera United Methodist Church)  Building Fund, Bandera, Texas, 78003, or any charity of the donor’s choice.

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