A generation is gone. Nannie Louise Hemphill was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She rejoined all members of her immediate family in heaven on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at University of Maryland Hospital - Prince George’s County. Nan was preceded in death by her parents Woodard Q. and Evangeline Cornwell Hemphill and all of her siblings, James Lee, William (aka Bill), Hannika, Evangeline (aka Hunsey), Edward Ray, Woodard, Jr. (aka Dub), Bennie Anderson, and Bertha Laura (aka Bert).
During her illustrious nursing career, Nan worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL and Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. After leaving Durham, NC she relocated to Washington, DC. There she worked at Washington Hospital Center where she taught students to become surgical technicians. She then worked at Freedmen Hospital (now Howard University Hospital) where she retired in 1992 as the Associate Director of the Operating Room/Outpatient Clinics/Cardiovascular Lab. Throughout her career she was active in The Black Nurses Association, the Association of Operating Room Nurses, the Association of Administrators and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
Nan lived a life blessed with family, friends and travel. She trekked the United States from Delaware to Nevada pursuing special interests and traveled abroad extensively. Upon her retirement she dedicated her life to activities with her family, her church (East Washington Heights Baptist Church), The Charlotte Club of Washington, DC, and her Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Her collection of elephants was to be envied.
Nan was very well-loved and leaves to mourn her absence her sister-in-law, Betty R. Hemphill; two special nieces, Patricia A. Lowery and Docia (Joseph) Randolph; numerous other nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great grand-nieces and nephews and a host of friends, co-workers and acquaintances.
Her death ended a generation of the Hemphill family on earth, but the reunion of her generation in heaven is now complete. To God be the glory!!!
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