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Celebrating the life of
Nancy Dukler
August 14, 1933 - January 13, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 3:00pm - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • 1117 Texas Ave. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77002

  • 713-222-2593
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm - Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

I have known Nancy for many years through the arts and design world. She has always been a lightning bolt of bright spirits and incredibly good taste. Her book on weddings set the standard and was a great look into the businesses, small and large, that would be helpful to everyone. Nancy will be missed, but her spirit will always be with us, especially at our mutual friends parties! She was an articulate, classy woman.

Daphne Scarbrough, Hoiuston, Texas

Oh, the stories I could tell about Nancy. How we laughed - mostly at ourselves. I met her years ago--how many - maybe 35 years ago when a mutual friend introduced us. I was struck by her style and her little round black glasses. She organized and directed one of my daughters' wedding, and we were in a book club together. She and my brother and sister were also good friends, so it was a family connection. She introduced us to Michael, and my sister and I were fortunate enough to enjoy a marvelous trip with her several years ago to Michael's new home in San Augustine. That GIRL is going to be missed. But oh, how she taught us about style and fashion and joie de vivre. .

Linda Andrews, Houston, TX

my heartfelt condolence for your loss---Nancy and I were acquainted from two sources in our lives. Initially we met through a mutual friend, Frank Carrell--a most unique man whom we both enjoyed and appreciated for his every eccentricity. Some years later I was fortunate to join Nancy's book club. Nancy was a spicy fun loving friend and I am grateful to have known her.

Susan White, Houston, Texas

We will miss Nancy, she was so much fun. We rode to church together on most Sunday's . I will adopt the two cats, unless the family has other plans for the beautiful creatures.

Mae Holm, Houston, Texas

Dearest Nancy, one of the nicest person I ever had the privilege of knowing. You left us too soon

Lilia LeBlanc, Houston , TX

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family. Much love. Linda & Steve

Linda and Steve Oliver, Crystal Beach, , Texas

I just loved Nancy for her intelligence, wit, generosity of spirit and her sense of humor. I knew her over 40 years and we never missed a beat. She will be missed for a long time. With Love, Suzanne Staley

Suzanne Staley, Houston, TX

I just loved Nancy for her intelligence, wit, generosity of spirit and her sense of humor. I knew her over 40 years and we never missed a beat. She will be missed for a long time. With Love, Suzanne Staley

Suzanne Staley, Houston, TX

I met my dear friend Nancy 32 years ago when I was 18 and she 50,, through our mutual friend Lisa. For many years we had a standing Appointment every Sunday at One s A Meal on west gray. Nancy was so young at heart as well as physically for her age . I ran into the waitress years later who use to wait on us. She now works at Theos and told Nancy and I, one day while enjoying our breakfast that she thought we were a couple years back , we laughed lol I told Nancy you Ole cougar !. I mentioned to Nancy when we first met that I hoped we would always be friends She said it is possible but not likely as people often grow apart. I was saddened by this and didn't understand what she meant, but now that I am older I realize the meaning of her statement, and do realize that often people do grow apart and allot of friendships do not last for 32 years, I am only glad that our friendship never grew apart and lasted 32 years.. I will miss her since of humor and her saying "Less is more", her genuine friendship, not to mention those glamorous red lips . Rest in peace my dear friend Nancy Love Michael

michael, Houston, Tx

Nancy and I met in San Augustine through our mutual friend, Michael Olsen. Nancy was a very unique and delightful person. ..it was a joy to know her-...thank you Nancy for your friendship..... Betty Jean

Betty Jean Cartwright, San Augustine, Texas

Wonderful woman and great neighbor. Will miss the afternoons of drinking wine and delightful conversations with you!

Michael Cox, Houston, TX

A very classy lady who liked to have fun. Always a lady. Glad our paths crossed. I hope we meet again. I can still hear her saying "Honee" in a southern drawl. My sincere condolences to her family.

Connie Castillo, Houston, TX

Nancy Brace Dukler, age 81, passed away the morning of Tuesday, the 13th of January 2015, in the hospital a few weeks after complications from a routine procedure intended to keep her recurring kidney issues at bay. Her faithful friend, Norma Garcia, was by her side.

A native Houstonian, born the 14th of August 1933, Nancy attended and graduated from The Kinkaid School in Houston, followed by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and then attending graduate school for Advanced Child Development and Therapy at The Texas Institute for Child Psychology in Houston, Texas.

After her schooling, Nancy went on to marry and have her beloved two sons. Once the children were of school age, she began working and volunteering at the Harris County MHMRA in crisis intervention counseling and later counseling and public relations for many other agencies, including the Women’s Christian Home, Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences and the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. In 1974, Nancy was featured in Texas Monthly Magazine as the executive director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, implementing and executing Houston’s very first “Recycling Day.”

In the mid-1980’s, Nancy went on to the lighter side of the work arena pursuing her love of etiquette and design as a bridal consultant, party planner, and etiquette instructor. In addition to consulting, Nancy was a columnist for The Houston Post writing a weekly bridal editorial, and she was a television hostess for a Houston cable station’s weekly talk show “Bridal Talk.” She also developed and taught a successful etiquette course for high school students at Jefferson Davis High School for the HISD. Nancy has authored two published books, “Nancy Dukler’s Bridal Book: A Resource Book for Houston Brides” and “A Houston Guide to Energetic Aging.”

Nancy lived a healthy and active life until the very end, enjoying her time at Christ Church Cathedral, her book club, and dining out with friends. Nancy was always entertaining to be around, with much energy and a positive outlook on life. She very often would advise her loved ones, “Don’t worry, it will all work out,” and it usually did.

Known as the “Madama,” Nancy had exquisite taste and was all about fashion. She enjoyed writing and reading, with her signature round glasses, and basking in the sun with the sweet smell of gardenias and roses. Nancy was particularly fond of her cats, the color white, and her lipstick.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Orval and Myrtle Brace, and older brother Robert Brace. She is survived by, and leaves extremely saddened, her son Christopher Brace Ryan and wife, April Dudensing Ryan, their two children, whom she adored, Brace Ryan and Molly Ryan; her best friend for the last decade of her life, Norma Garcia, known as the “Louise” half of their Thelma & Louise relationship, her son Andrew Connelly Ryan, and many other dear friends and relatives.

Friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances of Nancy from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 20th of January, at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston.

The memorial service will commence at three o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 21st of January, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue in Downtown Houston, with Rev. Glenice Robinson-Como presiding.

Nancy will be laid to rest immediately following in the Christ Church Cathedral’s Colombarium, and a reception will be held in the church’s Melanger room thereafter.

All are welcome to join the family for their final goodbye to Nancy. God Bless you and keep you, until we meet again ‘GIRL’….

Nancy leaves behind her beloved two young Siamese cats, Lucy and Molly. They are sisters from the same litter and must be kept together. Should friends be interested in keeping a part of Nancy with them by adopting her kittens, please contact April or leave a message at the sites listed below.

Condolences may be offered and recollections shared at www.bradshawcarter.com and The Houston Chronicle obituary at www.chron.com

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Candle tribute lit by April, Chris, Brace & Molly Ryan — Texas

I have known Nancy for many years through the arts and design world. She has always been a lightning bolt of bright spirits and incredibly good taste. Her book on weddings set the standard and was a great look into the businesses, small and large, that would be helpful to everyone. Nancy will be missed, but her spirit will always be with us, especially at our mutual friends parties! She was an articulate, classy woman.

Daphne Scarbrough, Hoiuston, Texas

Oh, the stories I could tell about Nancy. How we laughed - mostly at ourselves. I met her years ago--how many - maybe 35 years ago when a mutual friend introduced us. I was struck by her style and her little round black glasses. She organized and directed one of my daughters' wedding, and we were in a book club together. She and my brother and sister were also good friends, so it was a family connection. She introduced us to Michael, and my sister and I were fortunate enough to enjoy a marvelous trip with her several years ago to Michael's new home in San Augustine. That GIRL is going to be missed. But oh, how she taught us about style and fashion and joie de vivre. .

Linda Andrews, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Jim Felle — Texas

my heartfelt condolence for your loss---Nancy and I were acquainted from two sources in our lives. Initially we met through a mutual friend, Frank Carrell--a most unique man whom we both enjoyed and appreciated for his every eccentricity. Some years later I was fortunate to join Nancy's book club. Nancy was a spicy fun loving friend and I am grateful to have known her.

Susan White, Houston, Texas

We will miss Nancy, she was so much fun. We rode to church together on most Sunday's . I will adopt the two cats, unless the family has other plans for the beautiful creatures.

Mae Holm, Houston, Texas

Dearest Nancy, one of the nicest person I ever had the privilege of knowing. You left us too soon

Lilia LeBlanc, Houston , TX

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family. Much love. Linda & Steve

Linda and Steve Oliver, Crystal Beach, , Texas

I just loved Nancy for her intelligence, wit, generosity of spirit and her sense of humor. I knew her over 40 years and we never missed a beat. She will be missed for a long time. With Love, Suzanne Staley

Suzanne Staley, Houston, TX

I just loved Nancy for her intelligence, wit, generosity of spirit and her sense of humor. I knew her over 40 years and we never missed a beat. She will be missed for a long time. With Love, Suzanne Staley

Suzanne Staley, Houston, TX

I met my dear friend Nancy 32 years ago when I was 18 and she 50,, through our mutual friend Lisa. For many years we had a standing Appointment every Sunday at One s A Meal on west gray. Nancy was so young at heart as well as physically for her age . I ran into the waitress years later who use to wait on us. She now works at Theos and told Nancy and I, one day while enjoying our breakfast that she thought we were a couple years back , we laughed lol I told Nancy you Ole cougar !. I mentioned to Nancy when we first met that I hoped we would always be friends She said it is possible but not likely as people often grow apart. I was saddened by this and didn't understand what she meant, but now that I am older I realize the meaning of her statement, and do realize that often people do grow apart and allot of friendships do not last for 32 years, I am only glad that our friendship never grew apart and lasted 32 years.. I will miss her since of humor and her saying "Less is more", her genuine friendship, not to mention those glamorous red lips . Rest in peace my dear friend Nancy Love Michael

michael, Houston, Tx

Nancy and I met in San Augustine through our mutual friend, Michael Olsen. Nancy was a very unique and delightful person. ..it was a joy to know her-...thank you Nancy for your friendship..... Betty Jean

Betty Jean Cartwright, San Augustine, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Mary Dadura — Alabama

Candle tribute lit by Anne Dadura — Maine

Wonderful woman and great neighbor. Will miss the afternoons of drinking wine and delightful conversations with you!

Michael Cox, Houston, TX

A very classy lady who liked to have fun. Always a lady. Glad our paths crossed. I hope we meet again. I can still hear her saying "Honee" in a southern drawl. My sincere condolences to her family.

Connie Castillo, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Connie Castillo — Texas


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