Nancy Ellen Ladd Zachem

Thursday 19th of October 1939 - Saturday 6th of November 2021

Nancy Ellen Ladd Zachem



Nov 10, 2021 (4:00 pm - 7:00 PM)

Christ Church Cathedral

166 Market Street, Lexington, KY

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Graveside Service

Nov 11, 2021 (1:00 PM )

St. Hubert's Graveyard

1436 Grimes Mill Road, Lexington, KY

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Nancy Ellen Ladd Zachem, 82, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021. Nancy was born in Truman, AR on October 19, 1939 to Mary and Marvin Ladd. She was the wife of Jon Norris Zachem of Lexington for 61 years.  After World War II, her family relocated to Providence, KY where she grew up. 


She graduated from Gulf Park High School in Gulfport, MS.  She then attended the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Nancy was a UK Fellow and a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association.  She and Jon married on March 13, 1960 and they entered the United States Air Force pilot training in San Antonio, TX.  The Air Force and Trans World Airlines careers had them living in six states. While in Toms River, NY, Nancy graduated from Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NY.  She taught in the Toms River School System. The finest tribute to her came from her principal when she told him she was leaving- “I hope you keep teaching; you were born to teach." Nancy loved to travel, seeing all 50 states and 15 countries (some multiple times), and sailing –they were members of the Toms River Yacht Club. She worked for the Ocean County NY Commission for Legal Rights for Women 1978-1980 and was a trustee for Ocean County College, Toms River, NY. 


Nancy was a Sunday school teacher and active volunteer at Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, KY. Nancy tutored in the CATS program in the UK Athletics Department and taught in the UK Health Careers Department.  Nancy was a volunteer tutor in Operation Read where she received the Lewis E. Owens Award for Outstanding Tutor. They had two children who survive Nancy; Mark Edward (Noreen) Zachem of South Easton, MA and Elizabeth Zachem (Bill) Woodward of Lexington. Nancy is also survived by her grandchildren, Christine Zachem and William and Ellen Woodward.


Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with her service arrangements. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 10th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral located at 166 Market Street, Lexington. A graveside service will begin at 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 11th in St. Hubert’s Graveyard located at 1436 Grimes Mill Road, Lexington.


In honor of her legacy, Nancy's family would like memorial donations directed to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave. Versailles, KY 40383. To share a remembrance of Nancy or to offer condolences to her family, please visit

Guest Book

Wayne Martin


Nancy Ellen Zachem was one of the kindest and smartest persons I ever had the privilege to spend some time with. Make no mistake , you always knew where she stood on certain things for which I respected greatly. Many student athletes at UK benefitted from her tutelage . Her husband Jon proudly and lovingly stood by her side through her recent struggles. Thanks for your friendship and may you Rest In Peace .

9 months ago

Mimi kaufman


Deepest condolences to Jon, Mark, Elizabeth and the entire family.. Nancy was so loved. I had the honor of watching her teach a group of college age kids once and it is a memory I never forgot as she had such a knack for teaching . She was also a gracious hostess who always made her kids friends feel at home . I'm so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

9 months ago