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Nancy Otis

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Nancy H. Otis 1925 - 2011 MANCHESTER, VT Nancy H. Otis, co-author of the town history, "Manchester, Vermont 1761-1961, A Pleasant Land Among the Mountains," passed away Friday July 15, 2011 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. She was the wife of Don B. Otis, retired teacher and assistant headmaster at Burr and Burton. They were married September 14, 1946 and came to Manchester in 1951. Mrs. Otis was born June 25, 1925, in Nashua, N.H., daughter of Harold F. and Dorothy Wing (Daggett) Tupper. She graduated from Concord (NH) High School and held a bachelor's and master's degrees from Suffolk and Boston Universities, respectively. She also studied two years at the University of New Hampshire before enlisting in the Navy WAVES during World War II, serving in Washington, D.C. as a SP2c. She was in the Naval Reserve following discharge. Formerly editor, reporter, feature writer and photographer at the Bennington Banner, Mrs. Otis wrote the Manchester town history with the late Edwin L. Bigelow for Manchester's bicentennial. A fourth edition of the Manchester history is now in paperback print at Northshire Bookstore. Other work has appeared in Vermont Life, Vermont News Guide, where she worked several years with editor Marshall Peck, the Manchester Journal, Journey Through New England and Downeast Ancestry. Nancy served as secretary and office manager from 1970 to 1978 for Real Estate Associate of Vermont and Builder Associates of Vermont. She retired in 1988 as director of information services for the former Greater Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce. Nancy and her husband Don had the Manchester town report dedicated to them this year and were selected as Grand Marshals for the 250th anniversary of the town of Manchester. Nancy was a member of the national associations of the Tupper, Wing, Norton and Sears families. She claimed 12 Mayflower passengers as ancestors, with lineage also from Martha's Vineyard sachems of Nunnepaug and Sanchekantackett. She carried Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts membership under the name "Quenne-qua." Mrs. Otis had accomplished genealogical correspondence and research since 1950 leading her ancestry back to emperors Charlemagne and Hugh Capet and many born in the 1400-1500s in the United Kingdom. She also did extensive work on the Otis family genealogy. Nancy is survived by her husband Don of Manchester Center, her daughter Alison O. Watah of Klamath Falls, Oregon, son-in-law Ralph and grandchildren Hannah T. of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Ethan T. Watah of Klamath Falls, grandson and spouse Christian T. and Corey E. Solberg of Rye, New Hampshire, grandson Erik O. Solberg and girlfriend Meredith White of Charlestown, Massachusetts, great grandsons Benjamin B. and William T. Solberg of Rye, New Hampshire, sisters-in-law Mary Virginia Tupper of South Portland, Maine, Prudence Drummond of North Bellmore, New York, Carol Otis of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Janet Barrett of Bradenton, Florida, her brother-in-law Dan Hanlon of Winchester, Massachusetts, numerous nieces and nephews, many close cousins and friends, including Mary McFall of Dorset, Carrie Clement of Milford, N.H., Rhoda Horne of Rutland, and Claire Longtin North of Manchester. She was predeceased by her daughter Melanie Tupper Otis who died October 18, 2007 and her brother Ansel Norton Tupper who died August 9, 2010. MEMORIAL NOTICE: Memorial services for Nancy will be held Saturday July 23, 2011 at 3pm at Sunderland Union Church, Hill Farm Road in Sunderland. Interment will be in the family lot in Dellwood Cemetery In Manchester. The Rev. Claire Longtin North will officiate. Those who want to remember Nancy in a special way may send contributions to the genealogical library at the Bennington Museum or the Manchester Rescue Squad, Inc., c/o HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME ARLINGTON CHAPEL, P.O. Box 528 Arlington, Vermont 05250. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home Arlington Chapel, Historic Route 7A Arlington, Vermont.

Published in Bennington Banner from July 18 to July 19, 2011
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