Nancy Luella McAdoo

June 5, 1934 - August 19, 2022

06/05/1934 - 08/19/2022

Past Services

Saturday August 27, 2022
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

Nancy Luella Newsome McAdoo, 88, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away on August 19, 2022. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, she was the youngest child of Leander (“Lincoln”) Vance Newsome and Margaret Brinson. Mrs. McAdoo was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Edmund McAdoo, and five siblings: Robert S. Newsome, Everett Newsome, Vance Newsome, Marjorie Cherry, and Kathleen Winnett.
Mrs. McAdoo is survived by four children: Danette Poole [James], Daniel [Tracey], Jeffrey [Barbara], Timothy [Carolyn]; seven grandchildren: Baylen [Sara], Julia, Sam [Katrina], Gerald Poole [Mary], Ben, Hannah Poole, and Coleman [Raven]; and seven great-grandchildren: Landen, Olivia, Owen, Cliff, Sawyer, Freyja Poole, and Josephine, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and friends.
Nancy was a member of the Unity Church of Tidewater, where she sang in the choir. She was active in the Sierra Club, Friends of First Landing State Park, and Friends of Juvenile Court, and served on their executive boards.
Nancy had a passion for music—especially classical—and was known for her beautiful singing voice. She sang in The Sounds of Joy chorus for many years and served as their historian, performing all over Hampton Roads and even abroad. A member of the Tidewater Artists Alliance, she was also a prolific watercolor artist, exhibiting her work in many art shows and winning awards for some of her paintings. Nancy was also an avid conservationist and loved the outdoors, spending many hours walking in the woods, hiking, and camping with family and friends. She especially loved her family and found great joy in spending time with her children and her grandchildren. “Family” was also broadly defined, as her door was always open and there were many who called her “Mom”. As one friend described her, she was “Love Walking.”
Following the early years of raising her children, Nancy worked in her husband’s print shop as a layout artist and customer liaison. In the 1980s she returned to Old Dominion University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. While finishing her degree, she worked as an intern at the Virginia Beach Court Services Unit, where she subsequently worked as a volunteer for several years before securing a position with the State of Va. as a Juvenile Probation Officer until her retirement in 1998. During her ten-year career, Nancy developed and ran, on a volunteer basis, an art group for troubled youth, where she encouraged kids to express themselves through drawing and painting. She convinced the judge to allow her to hold exhibits of the youths’ artwork at the Courthouse, and the Friends of Juvenile Court sponsored the shows annually. Many of the youths she counseled reached out to her every Christmas to thank her for her guidance in helping them to get their lives on track.
The family wishes to thank Director Sandy Stover and all of the staff—our extended family—at Arden Courts (previously The Memory Center) for their loving care of our mother over the past four years. You all made her final years fun and fulfilled. You have truly been a blessing to our mother and to us all!
A memorial service to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 11:00 am. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Sierra Club.

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Andrea Cauble
5 months ago

It was so wonderful to be able to watch the service for beloved Nancy. My heart is aching with all of you.

Jeffrey Newsome
5 months ago

Beautiful service, so many great stories of how wonderful she was! As a kid, I always looked forward to seeing Nancy at the reunions. She was always such a gem!

Tim Gawne
5 months ago

Very sorry for your family’s loss. I always tell everyone the stories of how she provided us a safe haven to practice some very loud music growing up. 🙂 I will never forget her generosity and care.

Lawrence (Lnone) Ervin
5 months ago

My Sincere Condolences to the Mcadoo. May You find Comfort in the words of Psalm 46-🙏🙏

JD & Ruthi
5 months ago

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.