Nancy Tiner

Nancy Jane Reynolds Tiner
passed away Tuesday, May 11,
2010 at the age of 77. A memorial
service will be held at St. Thomas
Episcopal Church, 906 George
Bush Drive, College Station,
Texas at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May
22, 2010 with the Reverend Bill
Fowler officiating.
Nancy was born in Bryan,
Texas on May 26, 1932 to
Elbert Brunner Reynolds and
Maudames deSteiguer Reynolds.
She married Wayne Douglas
“Doug” Tiner on September 2,
1950 in College Station, Texas. Nancy is preceded in death by her
parents and husband, and her brother Elbert Brunner Reynolds,
Jr. of Lubbock, Texas.
Nancy Tiner was a long-time resident of College Station, growing
up on the campus of Texas A&M University. She graduated from
A&M Consolidated High School and attended Sullins College
in Bristol, Virginia. After marriage, the Tiner’s resided in San
Antonio where they raised their four children. Nancy was a dance
teacher for many years. She taught in Boerne, San Antonio,
College Station, and Conroe. She choreographed the musicals at
San Antonio’s Winston Churchill High School including: My Fair
Lady, The Music Man, Hello Dolly, and Finian’s Rainbow.
Nancy Tiner had a life-time of service to the Daughters of the
American Revolution. She joined in 1951 and was a very active
member. She served 59 years in numerous national, state and
local offices some of which include: Recording Secretary General;
Vice President General; National Chairman, DAR Magazine;
Honorary State Regent; State Vice Regent; State Recording
Secretary; State Parliamentarian; Honorary Chapter Regent of
Margaret Montgomery Chapter, La Villita Chapter, and Alamo
Chapter; and numerous other state and chapter chairmanships.
Her belief in the good works of the DAR was a strong force in her
life. Nancy was active in the Children of the American Revolution
with her children and grandchildren. She firmly believed in
instilling patriotism at an early age.
She authored a brochure distributed by DAR chapters to
schools on Bernardo de Galvez, which detailed his service to the
Colonies during the American Revolution. His service included
cattle drives of Texas Longhorns to Louisiana to feed his troops
after Spain declared war on England. As a result of this effort, the
NSDAR extended membership to ladies who could prove they
were descended from the cattle drovers. Because of her efforts for
Galvez, she was invited to meet the King and Queen of Spain.
Nancy was also closely involved with the heritage societies
Magna Charta Dames, the Mayflower Society; and the Daughters
of the American Colonists.
Awards Nancy has received include: the SAR Medal of
Appreciation, SAR Martha Washington Medal, National Society
History Award, Commendation from the Department of the
Army, as well as Honorary Dama de Galvez and Hidalgo de San
Antonio de Bexar.
Nancy was very committed to Brazos County. She served as
Secretary of the Brazos County Historical Commission as well as
holding several offices in the Brazos Corral of the Westerners and
in Texas A&M Women’s Club Fine Arts Group. She was active in
the OPAS Guild and attended most of the events at the George
Bush Presidential Library and Conference Center.
Nancy traveled extensively to most countries in Europe, South
America, and the Mediterranean. She enjoyed visiting the family
ancestral places of England, Scotland, and Switzerland. In her later
years she enjoyed numerous cruises with her sister on the Queen
Elizabeth II, the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Mary II and the
Alaskan cruise with her sister-in-law, Louise.
Nancy had a great appreciation for musical theater, opera, and
ballet. She enjoyed live performances of many famous artists in
both the United States and Europe. Yet, “Grammy’s” greatest
joys were spending time with her grandchildren, attending their
activities and events, and having them gather at the river house in
Wimberley. She enjoyed the cool waters of the Blanco River, tubing
and swimming whenever she could. Her appreciation for history
and genealogy took her across country, searching cemeteries for
her ancestors.
Nancy is survived by her four children: Dr. Tammy
Harriett Ames Tiner and husband Dr. Kenn E. Harding of College
Station, Wayne Reynolds Tiner and wife Roxanne of Houston,
Dr. Cassandrea Jane Tiner Hager of Wimberley, and Kenneth
Henderson Tiner and wife Lou Ann of Sparks, Nevada, her sister
Rosalynn Reynolds Williams of Wimberley, and her sisters-in-law
Louise Kruse Reynolds of Lubbock and Susan Tiner Mitchell of
Spring. Grandchildren include: Aaron Reynolds Hager and wife
Amy of Waco, Joshua Alan Hager of Houston, Charlotte Brittany
Tiner Beresik and husband Bryan of Houston, Bethany Leeann
Tiner of Houston, Laura Ames Harding of College Station,
Hannah Jane Tiner and Sarah Ames Tiner of Sparks, Nevada.
Great-grandchildren: Andrew David Hager and Aiden Paul Hager
of Waco.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossnore School,
P.O. Box 249, Crossnore,
NC 28616. Please state “In
Memory of Nancy R. Tiner”
and include your address; or,
Wounded Warrior Project,
7010 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite
100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


  1. I am Lea & Glenn Ferris’s daughter and knew Nancy Tiner through my parents. I was lucky to have learned about San Antonio history from Nancy back in 1973. She was a great friend to my Mom for 40 years. Mary Ferris

  2. Nancy was always such a special friend to me from the time we first met in Conroe in 1977. Our friendship grew through out many years in DAR. She was always there for me. She is blessed by so many- her close knit family is wonderful. They all support each other continuously. Her leadership in Texas DAR was always outstanding. She will be greatly missed. We all loved her.
    Chris McKenzie

  3. Sam Houston Chapter, NSDAR expresses sincere condolences to the family of Nancy Tiner; especially our chapter member Roxanne Tiner and her husband Wayne, Nancy’s son. Nancy Tiner was an icon in both the state and national Societies. DAR will miss Mrs. Tiner’s many contributions, historical knowledge and her strong presence.
    Alice Braud-Jones, Regent

  4. Both of us loved Miss. Nancy very much. She was a true lady, mentor and friend and will be greatly missed. We take comfort in knowing she now resides with our Lord.
    Take care and God Bless, Valerie and Michael

  5. Condolences and prayers sent to the entire Tiner family on behalf of the Daughters of Sam Maverick Chapter NSDAR, Alamo, TX.
    Regent Mrs. Valerie M. Haesly-Parson

  6. Our hearts and prayers go out to you as you grieve over the loss of such a wonderful lady. She was a true gift to our community and the NSDAR. We shall miss her every day and feel blessed that we had the honor of knowing her.

    Beverly Kuhn, Regent – La Villita Chapter NSDAR

  7. Our prayers to the family and friends of Nancy. She touched many people and left a wonderful legacy. On behalf of her many friends at Lone Star College Academy for Lifelong Learning who enjoyed her stories of the American Revolution and benefited from her research, we send messages of thanks and peace. We will miss her.

  8. Nancy was my first friend when I moved to College Station in 1972. How I have treasured our friendship over these many years!!!! One of best friends I ever had. From Muddy, Deke, Lolly and Boy, I learned about family. I already miss her!!!! I was not in DAR but it meant a lot to her and when she got a national office, I was so happy for her. She was one in a million. She just told me last week she would come to see me in Beaumont, before the month was out. I am sure Doug welcomed her to heaven and it will not be too long until she will be there welcoming me in. I hope my mansion is next door to hers. How I loved her. Lea Ferris

  9. Condolences to Nancy’s family especially Tammy, Candy, Laura, Brittany and Bethany all of whom I have had the honor of getting to know during my time in DAR. Nancy was the “go to” person for any questions on DAR and was helpful to many officers and chairmen in our chapter as well as so many others across the state. At any DAR event when asked what chapter I belonged to, the response was always “Oh you are in Nancy Tiner’s chapter”. She was just that well loved and respected.

  10. So sorry to loose a friend and Westerner. Nancy will be sorely missed by many. Much loving sympathy to Laura and all the family. Al and Claire Campbell

  11. Farewell to a special friend and relative who worked hard over the years to find our common ancestor’s grave..greatly admired by my mother, Margaret Kittrell who was just as earnest in her search.What a wonderful, fulfilled life Nancy had, which must be a comfort to her family..a gracious, thoughtful leader, always upbeat and ahead of the curve..May God bless her soul and bring comfort and peace to her family of whom she was very proud.

  12. Nancy Jane and I, Mary Jane Munson Hirsch, lived across the street from each other on the campus of A & M College from our beginnings. We played together making many happy memories:ie walking, led by “Lolly”, to the campus school.We remained friends for many years. I shall miss her so much and am glad for the times we spent together. I send my deepest sympathy to her wonderful family.

  13. I had the privilege of knowing the Tiner family for the past several years through C.A.R. and DAR. Mrs. Tiner was so very supportive of the children and of the adult leaders that mentored C.A.R. members – it was always a joy to have her attend our events. Her grandchildren were such a treasure to her, and I know that her entire family will miss her greatly. To the family – thank you for sharing her with us; she will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. As past Governor General of the Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez, I wish to salute Nancy Tiner as a great Patriot. Her dedication and loyalty to preserving history, and to educating the public as to true history, is with few peers. Her paper as to the contributions of Spain to the American Revolution has been widely distributed, even unto His Majesty Juan Carlos de Borbon of Spain. Nancy’s contributions to the Daughters of the American Revolution are too numerous to list. We have lost a great American Citizen. Our condolences to her loved ones. May she rest in peace.

  15. It has been a great pleasure and learning experience to know and work with Nancy in DAR. It was wonderful being able to join the Tiner family in Houston this year and the TSDAR State Conference. We had some wonderful conversations and planning sessions. Nancy had many events planned and I hope we can all participate in some of them. She was looking forward to having the grandchildren with her in Wimberly swimming in the Blanco River. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  16. The George Washington Chapter of the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) joins in sending our deepest sympathies to the family of Nancy Tiner, of whom, I understand, was a past member of our chapter. Sincerely, Frances Foreman, Chaplin of above mentioned chapter

  17. Thank you for sharing your Mother with all of us through the years. She was a very special lady and loved by many. Her smiling face will be missed by people across the USA and her tireless work for her organizations will be forever appreciated.
    She was always available to me for counsel and encouragement.
    I loved her and will miss her very much.

  18. Tammy – Nancy’s death is such a shock – she was so vibrant. She was a wonderful person and we will certainly miss her. May the Lord help you, Laura and Kenn deal with this great loss and grief. You all are in our prayers.

    Fondly – Jo Ann & Victor Treat

  19. Dear The Tiner Family and friends, Sending our prayers and “abrazos” from Madrid, Spain.I want you to know that your Mother was a GREAT mentor for me and she touched us all in the Spanish Task Force NSDAR doing research about Spain’s role in the American Revolution!
    We will not forget her contributions and especially her friendship.

  20. I first got to know Mrs. Tiner when she was Recording Secretary General of NSDAR. We became good friends over the years as she researched her Revolutionary War ancestors. I always looked forward to seeing her at DAR Continental Congress and will miss her this year. Rest in Peace, Dear Friend.
    Hazel Kreinheder
    DAR Corrections Genealogist, retired

  21. Dear Tammy, Laura & Ken Harding – also all of the other members of Nancy’s sweet family. Our hearts ache for the loss of your sweet Nancy. Nancy was definitely an inspiritation to all who knew her. She was a lady filled with knowledge on just about
    any topic that would arise during all conversations. Always willing to do her share
    and then some for all organizations she was a part of. We are definitely happy that
    our paths crossed with Nancy’s – her smile rubbed off on everyone around her. Her
    presence in this community will be greatly missed. Nancy was a great role model for
    everyone around. She will always live in our hearts. With Love, Bea & Ed Uvacek

  22. All of the members of the ACE Interest Group send their condolences to the family of
    our beloved Nancy. The day Nancy left this earth, she was scheduled to install the
    officers for our fine arts group. Nancy had shared how much fun she had purchasing
    trinkets to represent each office for the Club. We knew the installation was going to be the highlight of our luncheon because Nancy just had a way of adding wit to
    whatever she did. Everyone in the group loved Nancy and we will miss her greatly.
    Please know the group has made a donation to the Scholarship Fund in her memory entire 38 membership holds the family in our hearts. May God Bless all of you.

  23. On behalf of the members of the Richard Bard Chapter, NSDAR, I express our deep sorrow at the loss of Nancy Tiner: mentor, inspiration and friend to us all. Every experience shared with Nancy was memorable and we cherished her wisdom, kind nature and special smile. Her love of her family and the Daughters of the American Revolution was unmatched and because of our association with Nancy, we all are better persons. You are in our prayers,

  24. When I was Chapter Regent of Alexander Love DAR Chapter, Nancy was Texas State Regent. I admired her charm, dignity and personal charisma. Later, when she and I were both members of the Texas Mayflower Society, I was privileged to see her fun loving, charming, relaxed side. We shall all miss her dreadfully, and I wish to express my sympathy to Tammy, Candy, Laura, her two sons and other members of her family. May your precious memories sustain all of you at this most difficult time. In DAR friendship and love, Pat Howard

  25. Dear Tiners,
    Your mom taught my tap and ballet class at the the church on Wellborn Road in College Station. She instilled in us a love of the arts. Because of her inspiration, I majored in dance in college at the University of North Texas. Last year, your mom helped my family with our genealogy and as a result we were privileged to join the DAR. Your mom has been such a blessing to our family. May happy memories guide you through this sorrowful time.

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