Nina DeFord, 92

Nina Marie DeFord, 92, of North Manchester, died at  3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.

She was born May 4, 1924, in Fulton County, to Donald C. and Nona (Tracy) Burch.

Nina was a 1942 graduate of Akron High School.  She married R.J. DeFord in Denver, on Sept. 6, 1962; he died Dec. 17,  2016. 

She retired from First National Bank/Norwest/Wells Fargo in Wabash after  50 years.  Nina was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, a member of the Wabash County Hospital Auxiliary, and worked in the gift shop at the Wabash County Hospital many years.  Nina was also an avid I.U. fan.  She lived in Wabash 35 years before moving to Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. 

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, JoAnn Burch of Rochester, and Inez Burch of Fort Wayne, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Haley Asberry officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, following the service. 

Friends may call 4-7p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church or Wabash County Cancer Society.

The memorial guest book for Nina may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Mar 01