In Memory of Nancy Flake, a Journalist’s Journalistby Representative Kevin Brady
Posted on 2013-02-15
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 15, 2013
Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to remember a journalist's
journalist and a dear friend.
This week, Montgomery County was saddened to read the news about the loss of Nancy Flake, a journalist who cared deeply about our community.
A short, but valiant battle with cancer took Nancy away from us too soon, but I wanted the nation to know more about this amazing woman because I will always appreciate her diligence, her fairness and her obvious love for all things education-related.
William Gordon and Julia Ann Roberts welcomed their daughter, Nancy to this world in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on May 10, 1956. Nancy would continue to love all things `Sooner' long after becoming a Texan.
She taught herself to read at age 4 and never stopped reading everything she could get her hands on. She loved music and was a self- taught guitar player. Nancy earned her journalism degree at the University of Central Oklahoma and got to pursue her love of reporting here in Montgomery County where her reporting and columns, earned the respect of public officials like me, our community, Courier readers, and her peers who showered her with numerous awards.
But this passionate reporter was so much more than words on a page, she was a dedicated mother and friend. Mason and Marty can attest to both their mother's protective nature and her intense pride in their accomplishments in high school and now in college. Her friends have too many stories to recount here today of her willingness to listen to any problem, her wise counsel towards solutions and her ability to make them laugh even in the toughest of times.
Just last month, Nancy learned she had cancer and she fought it with the same strength, courage and humor she brought to journalism and has passed down to her sons, who were with her when she left this world to become Heaven's intrepid reporter.
Today, her sons, her father, brother, Bill Roberts Jr., his wife Jayne; her sister, Carol Starrett and husband David; numerous nieces and nephews and a myriad of friends, co-workers and members of the community she touched with her gifts, are saying goodbye at a special memorial service at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
Booker T. Washington once said ``Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.'' Nancy helped us all understand and appreciate the every day things nearest to us in ways we might not have appreciated without her insight. She cherished the small things with her precious sons and now they will cherish wonderful memories knowing she is in our Lord's loving embrace.