Nancy Huerta

Obituary of Nancy S. Huerta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nancy S. Huerta, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. We also rejoice that she is now in her heavenly home with family and friends, remembering her wonderful life.

Nancy passed away Sunday, November 17th, five days prior to her 85th birthday. She was surrounded by her loving family. Nancy was born in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the daughter of William O. Shipman and Olive H. Lothrop and the youngest of three children. Due to her father’s illness, she and her family relocated to Tucson, Arizona where she was enrolled in Doolen Middle School. While attending Tucson High School, she met John L. Huerta at a high school dance and the two were married soon after Nancy’s high school graduation.

John and Nancy raised six children while living in Arlington, Virginia where John worked for the U.S. Department of Housing, Education, and Welfare. After relocating to Phoenix, Arizona where they resided for approximately two years, Nancy and John finally settled back home in Tucson, Arizona in 1978. In addition to being a homemaker, Nancy worked as a beautician and owned Nancy’s Beauty Salon, served as a Bridal Consultant, and prior to retiring assisted in the front office of her daughter Adrian’s business. John and Nancy recently celebrated 68 years of marriage and enjoyed travels through Europe (Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal), Israel, Mexico (Mexico City, Oaxaca, Guanajuato), and the United States (particularly Las Vegas).

In addition to taking care of her home and family, Nancy enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, quilting, sewing, drawing, calligraphy, various crafting, and hosting parties. She was particularly proud of the tea parities she would host for her granddaughters and grandnieces and published a book on how to hold such celebrations entitled, Tea Parties and Elegance: It Started with a Little Red Dress. Nancy, as an excellent home cook, also collected some favorite recipes and published a cookbook entitled, Huerta Family Favorites: Cookbook of Memories. Both books were shared with family and friends.

Nancy is predeceased by her parents, her sister Bernice Hanson, and her brother Wayne Shipman. She is also predeceased by her daughter Monica Huerta Allen and her good friend and great aunt Polly Hamilton.

Nancy is survived by her husband John L. Huerta Sr. and five of her children: John L. Huerta Jr., Tina Huerta, Adrian Murphy, Andrew Huerta all of Tucson, Arizona, and Leehla Huerta of Round Rock, Texas. She is also survived by her eleven grandchildren: Julia Huerta Whitehead, John L. Huerta III, Angelica Felice, Olivia Rebeck, Carley Hill, Meghan Murphy, Mary Huerta, Teagan Huerta, Irelyn Huerta, Michael Huerta, Jacob Huerta, and one greatgrandchild: Conner Hill.

Nancy was a devoted parishioner of St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, 4725 E. Pima Street, Tucson, Arizona 85712 where funeral services will be held for her on Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00 am. A private burial (family only) will take place after at Holy Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the Huerta family requests that you please consider donations in the name of Nancy S. Huerta to the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona ( On-line donations can be made at – Personal checks can be mailed to: Epilepsy Foundation of

Arizona, 3620 N. 4th Ave. Rm. 228, Phoenix, Arizona 85013 – Donations can also be taken over the phone at: (602) 282-3515.

Arrangements are being handled by Bring’s Broadway Chapel. Tributes/Condolences can be expressed online @

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Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Saturday, November 23, 2019
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
4725 East Pima Street
Tucson, Arizona, United States
(520) 795-1633
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