Nancy Virginia Shroyer Bain was born at home at Blair Park in Greenwood, Virginia, on September 19, 1931, to Linden and Virginia Wiley Shroyer. She was blessed to live most of her entire 85 years in her beloved Albemarle County. Nancy Virginia grew up loving the fresh air and wide open spaces, her horse, Rocky Boy, the Blue Ridge Mountains, her family, school, and all the charms of small town life. She graduated from Greenwood High School, Virginia Intermont College, and Madison College where she earned a degree in education.
She went on to teach fourth grade in Richmond and Charlottesville. Nancy Virginia married the love of her life, James Kirk Bain, in July of 1955. Whatever James Kirk put his mind or his hand to was done with excellence, especially in choosing Nancy Virginia as his bride. Their seven children came quickly over the next 10 years to complete their sweet family. After raising their children together, she served her husband as office manager for his CPA firm in Charlottesville.
Her unwavering devotion to the care of her aging parents was an example to one and all and she never failed to answer the call when needed by her doting grandchildren. Always thinking of others before herself, Nancy Virginia wholeheartedly poured herself out in service to Jesus by volunteering.
She helped establish The Green Olive Tree in Crozet nearly 40 years ago with six Christian friends, where she worked diligently since then. She was also a faithful volunteer with Hospice of the Piedmont for over 30 years. Nancy Virginia heard Jesus say, when entering Heaven, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
She was always “on her way,” somewhere, as the license plate on her white Buick proclaimed. She enjoyed delving into discussion with fellow bookworms at her book club, playing Mahjong and Bridge with friends, various Bible study and prayer groups, exercise class, art and writing classes, among many other activities she immensely enjoyed. In each of her endeavors, she left her forever imprint on a community that will deeply feel her absence.
Known for her seemingly boundless energy and her contagious zest for living, underneath it all was love. She loved Jesus first and foremost, her family, friends, and literally everyone she encountered. She never met a stranger and was willing and eager to share a story, a joyful smile, and a word of encouragement with anyone. She displayed a gentle and quiet spirit, always believed the best in people, and was funnier than she realized.
Nancy is survived by her children, Ginny Kirk Allen and husband, Chuck; Nancy Corley and husband, Bill; Linden Bain and wife, Kristen; Helen Cook and husband, Scott; Sarah McGahee and husband, Steve; and Ellie Gathright and husband, Tim. She is also, survived by grandchildren, Joseph Allen and wife, Kala; Adam Allen, Hannah Rose Allen, Daniel Corley, Emmaline Allen, Hope Cook, Anna Corley, and Thomas Gathright; and great-grandchildren, Owen Markert, and Harvest Allen. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Kirk Bain; daughter, Rachel Ross Bain; great-granddaughter, Lily Katherine Allen-Ball; her parents; brother, Donald Shroyer, as well as many others who we know she is rejoicing in seeing again.
Nancy Virginia went to be with her beloved Lord on Good Friday, the very day Jesus died. On a day that we reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus and His death at Calvary, we rejoice that because of the sacrifice of our Lord, Easter Sunday is coming. This is the hope to which Nancy Virginia clung and what gave her courage through the ups and downs of life. Shortly before she passed, she said to her daughters who were with her, “I’m almost Home.” Each of us who love her, and will carry this ache of missing her, rest in the comfort of knowing she finally made it “on her way” to her final destination. The ripple effects of her well-lived life will continue for generations. Burial was held at Hillsboro Cemetery in Crozet on April 19, with a Celebration of Life Service following.