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Shane, Nancy Lee Megowen Noted Miniaturist dies at 81; passed away from heart failure on May 24 in her home in Wenham, Massachusetts. The daughter of the late Robert Lee and Myrtle Shane Megowen, and the sister of the late William J. Megowen, Nancy is survived by her husband John A. Shane, and children Lee Shane, Christopher A. Shane and Nancy S. Brophy and partner David Cady, as well as her sister-in-law Peg Megowen, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Massachusetts, Nancy became a competitive swimmer, tennis player and horsewoman during summers in Magnolia. She attended Concord Academy in Concord, MA for middle school, and graduated from Miss Hall's School of Pittsfield, MA, where she would return years later to serve as a trustee and vice president of the Board. Nancy attended Stephens College in Missouri and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in Boston. She later worked for the Boston FM radio station, WXHR, and at the MIT Lincoln Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nancy was most known for her skills in needlework and as a miniaturist. An early passion was needlepoint, and for schools and other nonprofits she created many popular designs, kits and original works which were then auctioned or sold to raise funds for these institutions. She later became an avid knitter known both for her skill and prodigious output including dozens of colorful socks for family and friends every Christmas. In the early 1970s she developed an interest in miniatures. Nancy studied architecture and design, and also attended and later taught classes in miniature building and room box creation. She traveled extensively to shows and conventions in the US and Europe, creating and amassing a collection of more than fifty houses and room boxes. Nancy and her work were featured in many publications including the Miniature Collector and The Boston Globe. In 2011, The Wenham Museum presented a curated show of more than thirty of her dollhouses and roomboxes. As she said at the time to the Salem News, "I love sharing them. There's no point in not sharing them. I get enjoyment out of people's interest and comments." In the 1980s and 1990s she won several first prizes for best miniature gardens and structure at the annual Flower and Garden Show of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She later established the Nancy Shane Prize for best miniature garden box at the show to help promote the art form. A long-time lover of animals in particular cats and dogs, Nancy supported many local and national animal shelters and charities including the Northeast Animal Shelter. Her other philanthropic activities included volunteering at the Boston Museum of Science and serving as a trustee of the Wang Center, The Wenham Museum, and The Montserrat School of Art. She was a member of the Social Register of Boston, The Chilton Club of Boston, The Singing Beach Club and Essex County Club of Manchester, and The Country Club of Brookline all in Massachusetts, and The Mill Reef Club of Antigua, West Indies. A memorial service in her memory will be held at the First Parish Congregational Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea on Tuesday, June 24, at 11:00 am, to be followed by a reception at the Singing Beach Club in Manchester. Campbell - Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home 525 Cabot Street Beverly, MA 01915
Published in The Boston Globe on June 12, 2014
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