A celebration of life will be held Saturday for the woman many credit with giving homeless animals in Dawson County a chance.
Nancy Forsyth Noblin died July 31 at the age of 69.
A memorial service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dawson County Humane Society, a place Noblin held dear to her heart.
"She had a tremendous passion for animals," said Brandon Mills, a local veterinarian who worked with Noblin to establish an animal shelter in the county.
Noblin donated thousands to the shelter over the years and underwrote the note for the building on Martin Road, which opened in 2008.
"Without Nancy’s financial help, who knows how long it would have taken to build the shelter?" Mills said. "If it wasn’t for her, the shelter wouldn’t be here."
While Noblin lived in the Atlanta area, she remained an active member of the shelter’s board of directors until her death.
"Some would say the stray animals owe her a debt, but she didn’t see it that way. She felt she had a debt to them," Mills said.
An ordained Unitarian minister, Noblin also supported numerous local charities including the Dawsonville Lions Club and RIC Rack.
Family members call her "one of Dawson County’s most loyal and dedicated community servants."
"As a minister, philanthropist and generous benefactor, she is responsible for establishing and contributing to our county’s many nonprofit and charitable organizations," said nieces Claire Sharp and Dorian David in a statement on behalf of the family.
"Her devotion, loyalty and commitment to the Dawson County community reached not only to the needs and welfare of the county people but ... four-legged friends as well. She will remain forever in our hearts."
The daughter of Edna Anderson Noblin and Richard Lewis Noblin, she is survived by her brother George David of Dawsonville, five nieces, eight great-nieces and nephews, many dear friends and her cats Calico, Samson and Greyson.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Dawson County Humane Society, 633 Martin Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534 in remembrance of the Rev. Nancy Forsyth Noblin.