WOLCOTT, Nancy (Smith) Of Scituate, MA died April 5, at home, after a brief illness. Daughter of the late Henry Sanders and Elizabeth (Bryning) Smith of Boston and Medfield, MA. Nancy was born in Mexico, was raised in Jamaica Plain, MA and attended Radcliffe College. She met her first husband, the late William G. Wye of Asbury Park, NJ, while he was attending Harvard. Nancy left Radcliffe in 1943 to marry and move to Washington DC where she worked for military intelligence, contributing to the war effort as many women did during World War II. Later, the couple settled in New Jersey where Nancy focused her energy on community activism, homemaking and raising their three children, the late Janet K. Simon of Fair Haven, NJ, and Jonathan Wye and Jeremy Wye, both of Scituate, MA. Nancy enjoyed entertaining and over the years amassed a large cookbook collection from which she gained inspiration. Nancy was a moving force in local government in Eatontown, NJ and was the first woman elected to the Eatontown Borough Council. She also served on the town's Historical Commission, its Planning Board, its Community Block Grant Committee and served on the Advisory Board that established the towns first community center. Nancy was also the widow of the late James N. Wolcott Jr. of Eatontown, NJ and stepmother to the late Paul G. Wolcott of Wall Township, NJ. After her husband's death she returned to Massachusetts and settled in Minot in the Bar Rock Cottage that her family had owned since 1902. At the age of sixty, Nancy returned to Harvard College to continue the education she put on hold for marriage and parenthood. She was welcomed back to Harvard, although her classmates often assumed that she was a professor and the school offered her on campus housing. Nancy was the subject of a newspaper article in the Daily Register of Monmouth County, NJ entitled "Nancy Wolcott: Harvard, 'Class of 46-85'". Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Government degree in 1985. Her diploma, Harvard chair and other memorabilia were prominently displayed in her Bar Rock Cottage and were a source of great pride for her and her entire family. Nancy died peacefully, with her sons at her side, while facing the Atlantic Ocean and Bar Rock, as she had hoped. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bar Rock Cottage, 74 Glades Road, Minot, MA. Donations in Nancy's name may be made to the . Nancy is also survived by her brother, Daniel S. Smith of Rhode Island, three grandchildren, Jeffrey A. Simon, Stephanie B. Wye and Barbara E. Wye and several nieces and nephews. For condolences/information visit

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Published in The Boston Globe on May 5, 2013