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Nancy A. Nelson Williams

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BLACKSTONE, Mass -- Nancy A. (Nelson) Williams, 74, of Blackstone, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. She was the beloved wife of Franklin K. Williams Jr., with whom she celebrated 43 years of marriage on Sept. 5, 2007. Born Feb. 6, 1933, in Portsmouth, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Fred B. and Blanche (Reynolds) Nelson.

She was a 1951 graduate of Portsmouth (NH) High School. She also completed nurses training at New England Deaconess School of Nursing in Boston in 1955. Her career as a registered nurse spanned more than 30 years and included work at hospitals in Boston, San Francisco, Portsmouth and Bennington, Vt., as well as nursing homes in Exeter, N.H. and Blackstone. Until her retirement in 1983, she cared for her patients with exceptional skill, tenderness and compassion.

Nancy was a devoted mother to her sons Franklin K. Williams III of Phoenix, Ariz., Stephen N. Williams of Montpelier, Vt., and her daughter Lynne E. Williams of Charlotte, N.C. She was the delighted Grammie of grandson Phoenix Williams Swift of Charlotte. She also leaves a sister Vera G. Day of Exeter, and was predeceased by a brother, Walter, and a sister, Evelyn.

Nancy was an avid reader, doer of crossword puzzles and armchair Jeopardy whiz. She was a virtually unskunkable cribbage player and passed her love of the game on to her children. A life-long animal lover, she was always surrounded by pets and delighted in feeding the local wildlife and strays. Her many cherished friends will miss her sharp wit and unique take on life. A steadfast friend and confidante, she is remembered fondly as a warm and gentle spirit. She was the glue.

Private funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, R.I. (http://www.holtfuneralhome.com). She will be laid to rest with her beloved parents at South Cemetery in Portsmouth.

In lieu of sending flowers, please consider adopting a homeless pet. Memorial contributions can be made to one of the charities Nancy held dear: The Humane Society, HSUS, Dept. GAIT04, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington DC 20037 (http://www.hsus.org), World Wildlife Fund (http://worldwildlife.org) or ASPCA (http://www.aspca.org). A donation to your local animal shelter would also be a fitting tribute.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 2, 2008
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