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1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
MacFADYEN, Nancy G. 93, of Falmouth and Cambridge, MA, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016. Born on November 29, 1922, she was the daughter of Herbert T. Gerrish and Edna W. Gerrish of Melrose, MA, and the sister of the late Whitney Gerrish of Farmington Hills, MI. After attending Smith College, Nancy moved to Williamstown, MA, where she raised her family with her former husband, the late John A. MacFadyen, Jr., and worked at the Williams College library. There she executed the interlibrary loan services, and directed the move of almost a million books into a new building. In the 70s she relocated to Cambridge, MA, where she worked at Pathfinder International in quality control and created a research library. Her responsibilities with this family planning organization once took her to Lahore, Pakistan. Upon retirement, Nancy returned to Falmouth, the summer home of her youth, where she volunteered for the Falmouth Public Library. In later years she moved back to the Cambridge area to be closer to family. Nancy had a deep and abiding love of gardening, reading, music, and the sea. A woman of great intelligence and curiosity, she was at home reading everything from James Joyce's Ulysses to Georgette Heyer romances. She had a non-conformist, artistic streak combined with a whimsical sense of humor and joyous spontaneity. She leaves behind her three children: John A. MacFadyen III and his wife, B. Jean Rosiello, Janet Cochrane MacFadyen and her husband Stephen Schmidt, and Jean Gerrish MacFadyen and her husband Jerold Harmatz; her three grandsons, James, Alexander, and Christopher MacFadyen; and eight nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed. Contributions in Nancy's memory can be made to . A private burial will be held at a future date. www.stantonfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 24, 2016
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