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Nancy Laughlin



Nancy Laughlin (nee Ferguson) age 90, of Lincoln Park, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017.

She was the loving wife of her husband, James, with 63 years of a lasting friendship culminating in his passing in 2009. She was one of three siblings of Charlie and Ada Ferguson of Huntington, West Virginia. Pre deceased by brothers Charles of Huntington, West Virginia and Carol of Columbus, Ohio, Nancy was born in Lawrence County, the hill country of eastern Kentucky on March 13, 1927. A child of the depression era, she always maintained a frugal outlook on life. During WW II, she met her future husband in Jacksonville, Florida. James was stationed nearby in preparation to being shipped overseas to the Pacific theatre with the US Marine Corps. Working part time at a local drug store, she caught the young marine’s eye. Working up the courage to ask her out on a date, he later admitted that this was the girl that he was going to marry. They married in Huntington, West Virginia upon his discharge in 1946 and moved to Alexandria, Virginia. With her husband being selected to be a special agent with the FBI, they relocated to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania prior to moving to northern New Jersey, eventually settling in Lincoln Park. Nancy was a homemaker her entire life, devoting herself to her children and the rigors of her husband’s schedule.

Nancy’s passion for antiques was unheralded. Nothing escaped her attempts at salvaging memorabilia for some future event. Nancy passionately pursued antiques, with family members accompanying her on antique quests during family vacations. Many a family vacation was diverted to a local flea market or obscure estate sale off the beaten track in a remote northern New England farmhouse. She was probably one of Johnny Cash’s most loyal fans, surrounding the tempo of the household with her favorite singer’s tunes. Many a dinner was prepared with “I Walk The Line” playing in the background. Her southern roots were evident in her signature fried chicken and homemade lemon meringue pie. Nancy’s idea of the perfect vacation setting was to be surrounded by loved ones at the family cabin on the shores of Little Sebago Lake in Maine. A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Mountain View, she was very active in the church’s Women’s Club events until her health prevented her from further participation.

Nancy was the loving mother of: Rebecca Janicek and husband Walter of Lebanon Township, New Jersey and Robert Laughlin and wife Elizabeth of Weymouth, Massachusetts; adored grandmother of: Marisa and Keith Tucker of  Louisville, Colorado and Jeffrey Laughlin and Deborah of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and cherished great grandmother of Jude Laughlin of Philadelphia, and Emma Tucker and Khloe Tucker of Louisville, Colorado.

A celebration of life will be held at the United Methodist Church, 99 Parish Drive, Wayne, New Jersey on Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 AM. Nancy’s remains will be placed next to her husband in the Grieves Memorial Garden, located on the church grounds.


In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the USO ( or to the National Stroke Association (  

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We were always fond of Nancy & Jim. We loved hearing the stories of their life and we enjoyed seeing them at church every Sunday and the many events they attended. Lisa & Fred Renshaw

Lisa & Fred Renshaw

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