Nancy McLeod Key

Nancy McLeod Key, 68, widow of Skip Key, Jr. of Mauldin, passed away at her residence surrounded by family on Friday, October 7, 2022.  Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late J.C. and Kitty Holsonback McLeod.

Nancy was an alumnus of Clemson and played in the Tiger Band.  She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church and member of the church choir.  Nancy retired from education after 45 years of teaching.  She was the true epitome of an educator.  One of her greatest joys was helping young people discover a passion for learning.  In her “free time” she also enjoyed reading, beach and mountain trips, and spending time with her family.  Nancy exuded a loving, caring, and giving spirit who never met a stranger.

Nancy is survived by three sons, Allan Otho McDaniel and his wife, Andrea, of Daphne, AL, Brad Calvin McDaniel of Mauldin, Joey Steven McDaniel and his wife, Amanda, of Pelzer; five granddaughters, Holly McKinnon, Tori McDaniel, Roxanna McDaniel, Saoirse McDaniel, Lorelei McDaniel; stepson, Jeffrey Thomas Key of Spartanburg; stepdaughter, Jennifer Key Robertson of Union Mills, NC; sister, Deborah McLeod of Lexington, SC; brother, Bryan McLeod of Newberry; and nieces and nephews, Larry Allen Millstead, Jr. (Treva), Daren Calvin Millstead (Averie), Leann Millstead Deloach (Tom), Kristopher Bryan McLeod, and Kayce McLeod Shealy (Brian).

In addition to her husband and parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her sons, James Otho McDaniel.

A visitation will be held at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2619 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29605, on Saturday, October 15, 2022, beginning at 10:00 am.  The Funeral Service will be begin at 11:30 am in the sanctuary.  Burial will follow the service at Graceland East Memorial Park.  Active pall bearers are Allan McDaniel, Brad McDaniel, Joey McDaniel, Larry Millstead, Jr., Daren Millstead, Leann Deloach, Kristopher McLeod, Kayce Shealy, and Matthew Hunt.  Honorary pall bearers include the teachers of Greenbriar Elementary School, Nancy’s Beach Family, and her cousins.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to one or more of the following:

Greenbriar Elementary School
853 Log Shoals Road
Greenville, SC  29607

St. Michael Lutheran Church
2619 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29605

Keep a Breast Foundation
7168 Mohawk Trail
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

National Breast Cancer Foundation
PO Box 676910
Dallas, TX 75267-6910.

Condolences to the family of Nancy McLeod Key

  • Lindy Wilson
    2 months ago

    Our sincere condolences to Nancy’s family. I have known her since we were very young girls. Her smile could brighten a room. We spent most of the evening together at our reunion and she showed me pictures of her family. She was so very proud of you. May the Lord comfort you in the difficult days ahead. Philip and Lindy Wilson.

  • Denise Summer Porter
    2 months ago

    Deborah and family, so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing . You know I am here for you girl! She was a sweet person. Was glad I got to see her at our class reunion! Hugs and prayers to all!

  • Terria Donald
    2 months ago

    Nancy was an amazing teacher and friend. She brought a smile and personal attention to each and every person she met. I am thankful to have known her and called her friend!!! Go Tigers and Go Nancy ❤️

  • Becky Smith
    2 months ago

    Deborah and family, Davey and I extend our prayers for everyone in the loss of your loved one. May the Lord bring you all comfort.

  • Kaylee Fournier
    2 months ago

    I wish I could be there to say goodbye. I loved having her as my first grade teacher, she was amazing. I’ll miss getting to see her at my sisters’ open houses. ❤️

  • Michael Boozer
    2 months ago

    A “Grand-Lady” to many, a smile and always a kind word…had the opportunity to be in her presence over a few years.. RIP Sweet Lady…

    Michael (Mike) Boozer

  • Lynne Fulmer
    2 months ago

    I was so sad to hear of Nancy’s passing. So many good memories growing up. She was such a sweet sweet person. Lifting you all in prayer

  • Nancy was my colleague at Greenbrier and also worked with my daughter when she was struggling with reading. Nancy would always tell me, “Just keep reading with her.” Mrs. Key loved my daughter so well and worked so hard with her. Even though my daughter “graduated” out of Nancy’s class, she always asked how my daughter was doing and sent her love. My daughter reads above grade level now and that did not come without the help of Nancy and her love for students and reading. She has left a legacy of kindness, love, and reading for our family to remember.

  • Carol Drake
    2 months ago

    I met Nancy when she & Skip first married and came to St Michael and joined a Sunday School Class that I attended.
    She was a very sweet lady and
    was always all smiles when the choir processed on Sunday mornings. God’s Peace on all of her family. She will be missed
    by all of us at St Michael

  • Avis Scheper Kelley
    2 months ago

    My condolences to the Key family. Nancy was a friend and colleague at Greenbrier Elementary. She taught my son Asa Kelley in first grade. She was a friend when it was a hard time for Asa and I at school. She believe in him and to this day is and will always be his favorite teacher. Avis Kelley

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