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

She was born on 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 on 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 and of the Wabash County Hospital Auxiliary and worked in the gift shop at the Wabash County Hospital for many years. Nina was also an avid IU fan. She lived in Wabash for 35 years before moving to Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester.

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

Along with her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and one sister.

Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. 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 from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church or Wabash County Cancer Society. The memorial guest book for Nina may be signed at