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Pansy Hancock Vaccaro (1912 - 2012)

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Pansy Hancock Vaccaro

STOCKTON — Pansy Louise Hancock Vaccaro, born Nov. 28, 1912, passed away peacefully May 12, 2012, surrounded by the love of her extended family and family of friends.

Pansy was born in the family home on the Eastern Shore in Portersville, Md., and later grew into a young lady in Stockton, very near the Chincoteague Bay, to David Wilson Hancock Sr. and Daisy Nock Ward.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John P. Vaccaro, her siblings, Ruby Woodward, Hazel Burge, David Wilson Hancock Jr., Richard Hancock, Daisy Pierce and Walter Carson Hancock. In 2002, the family lost lifetime family friend, Bob Powers of Laurel, Md. Although not blood-related, Pansy loved, guided and raised Powers as one of her own since elementary school.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Hall of Salisbury; son, John David and his wife, Rome, of Tampa, Fla.; son, Thomas Ray and his wife, Pamela, of Windsor Mill, Md.; four grandchildren, Jenna, Sam, Rose and Erin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

While still assisting with her father's business, Pansy became a licensed beautician prior to World War II. After Pearl Harbor, Pansy, along with her sister, Daisy, volunteered as plane spotters on Maryland's Eastern Shore, reporting any sightings to the authorities. As the war went on, Pansy joined the U.S. Marines hoping to be assigned as a truck driver as she had done in her family's seafood and farming business ventures. Instead, she found herself stationed and put in charge of the first on-base beauty school and beauty shop in Cherry Point, N.C. She was later transferred to Washington, D.C., where she met her husband-to-be, John P. Vaccaro. After marriage, Pansy bore her sons and she and her husband raised their family in Brentwood, Md. After her husband's retirement, they returned to the Hancock family home in Stockton, where they both lived out their retirement years.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Stockton, where family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. The Rev. Sharon White will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow the services in Portersville Methodist Church Cemetery in Stockton.

Flowers, one of Pansy's great loves, may be sent to Short Funeral Home in Delmar, or donations can be made in Pansy's memory to NPR Foundation, Department 6054, Washington, D.C. 20042-6054,; or Maryland Public Television, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd., Owings Mills, Md. 21117,

The family would like to offer thanks to all the staff of Encore at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md., where Pansy lived the past few years, as well as the staff and volunteers of Gilcrest Hospice for their care, comfort and solace during her final days.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Published in The Daily Times on May 16, 2012
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