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November 5, 2022

Nancy B. Chase (1932-2022)


Dear Ones, All - 

It is with great sadness that I write to say that Nancy Chase has died.  Below is a message from her daughter, Melissa for us.  What a blessing to have had her in our midst.

Rev. Tracy

Nancy Burley Chase died on Sunday, October 30th following complications from a fall.  She lived every day of her 90 years to the fullest, and with optimism.  Not having a formal flower-cutting garden did not prevent her from routinely volunteering to provide the church floral arrangements, believing that she could rely on the kindness of congregants, friends, and neighbors.  And who could say no to Nancy?  It worked out perfectly. 

She enjoyed many social activities including attending Chatham Band concerts, Chatham A’s games, a Chatham Walkers Breakfast, the UUMH Osprey Point gatherings and Annual Potluck at Dolly Howell’s, a Monomoy Yacht Club beach party (as a guest), a Chatham Conservation Meeting, outings to the Marconi Maritime Center and Mayo House,  zoom sing-a-longs and Eldredge Library book club meetings, playing Scrabble, happy hours with neighbors, and best of all sailing a Catboat in Pleasant Bay,  -- and that was just one summer!  You can just imagine what the preceding 90 years were like. 

In addition to being a competent sailor and gardener, she was a public health nurse, spending a year and a half in El Salvador with the American Friends Service Committee in the 1950s.  She went on to become the Executive Director of the Milton Visiting Nurses in Milton, MA, and later the Executive Director of Seacoast Hospice in Exeter, New Hampshire.  Throughout her life she maintained strong friendships with her Classmates from Milton Academy and Skidmore College. 

Nancy was loved by everyone but especially by her four children and nine grandchildren, who were fortunate enough to gather in Chatham this August for her 90th birthday party.  She is survived by her sisters Sally Burley Beck and Jane W. Burley.  She was predeceased by her husband Jack W. Chase, and her partner of the past 19 years, Graham J. Ross.  She was a role model to the Chase and Ross families in love and devotion and will be missed. 

Her remains will be buried in the family cemetery in Epping, NH.

We are grateful for the kindness of the UU community, and cherish the flowers offered this Sunday in her memory. 

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