Nancy Jo Niavarani

March 28, 1957 – April 2, 2021

On Friday, April 2, 2021, Nancy Jo Niavarani, loving wife, mother of two, and grandmother of four, passed away at the age of 64 at her home.

Nancy was born on March 28, 1957 in Vinita, OK to Oran and JoAnn Fluke. After graduating high school in Miami and attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Nancy married her husband, Bijan, and moved to Edmond, OK, where they raised two daughters, Candace and Layla.

Nancy loved watching football (especially the University of Oklahoma, despite yelling at the TV after bad plays), playing cards with “The Card Crew”, spoiling and loving her grandchildren, and making sure everyone felt special on their birthday. Nancy always showed an immense amount of appreciation when given any thoughtful gift, especially if it related to Rachael Ray, The Pioneer Woman, or Steve Harvey. She never took the simple things in life for granted; she loved a coke with peanuts, celebrating every holiday, listening to Bon Jovi, and spending time with her family.

To those lucky enough to be close to Nancy, they know she was a caring spouse, loving mother, beloved “Mema” to her grandchildren, and a lifelong friend. They also know that Nancy lived life the way she wanted to live it – and no one could tell her otherwise. Like Bon Jovi said: “I just wanna live while I’m alive. It’s my life.”

Nancy was preceded in death by her mother JoAnn, her father Oran, and her brother Kent. She is survived by her husband Bijan, her sister Natasha Nieze, her two daughters Candace Chao and Layla Krauss, and four grandchildren: Zoey, Kiera, Teagan, and Cyrus.

A graveside service will be held Friday, April 9 at 2:00 PM at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

Comments

  1. Praying for you all through this difficult time. I know she must have been a great mom to raise such a great daughter. Love you Candace!

  2. Sending your family love and prayers and to all who loved Nancy Jo. She will be missed but she’ll always be with us in our hearts ♥️. Ckennerly

  3. She sounds like an amazing woman, and knowing you and how loving and selfless you are, she must have been! Prayers of comfort to you all. Her memories will live on through her children and grandchildren.

  4. You all are in my thoughts and prayers! I hope you find peace through this difficult time!

  5. I’ll never forget being 16 and meeting her for the first time! Softball games and long nights! I’m so grateful to have known her, she was always so kind and welcoming! High school was tough but having good friends with awesome parents helps! She was truly a wonderful person.

  6. She will be sooo missed. I loved working with her at Target and playing cards every month. She was an amazing lady. One of the nicest people I have ever met.

  7. To our sister in law Natasha and her family:
    There are no words we can offer to make your pain go away, just know we are sending our heartfelt condolences, love and hugs. Hold on to wonderful memories.🙏🏻✝️
    Love Claudia and Keith

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