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Nancy Ellen Carvin, 69, of Indian Harbour Beach, FL, passed away at home on February 11, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Nancy was born in Cambridge, MA on December 21, 1943 and grew up in nearby Chelsea with her parents, Simon and Theresa Kaplan, and her sister Brenda. The family later moved to Worcester, MA, where she attended Classical High School. Nancy enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied art history and social work. Returning to Boston after graduation, she married Robert Carvin of Brookline, MA. After having two sons, Andy and Eric, the family moved to Indialantic, FL, where she worked first as a travel agent for the Burdines department store and later as a configuration manager at Harris Corporation.
In 1994, at the age of 50, Nancy was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer but was determined to fight the disease. Over the next 19 years, she proudly saw both of her sons, Andy and Eric, marry and have children of their own: Kayleigh, Sean and Sophie. She also traveled the world with her husband, visiting places as diverse as Colombia, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel and China.
Nancy is survived by her sister, husband, sons, grandchildren and daughters-in-law, Susanne Carvin and Kim Noble; along with countless nieces, nephews and friends.
Her funeral will take place on Friday, February 15 at 12:45 pm at Sharon Memorial Park, 120 Canton Street, Sharon, MA. Family and friends will gather nearby after the funeral at the home of Donald and Sandra Carvin; maps will be distributed at the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Nancy's memory to The Women's Center In Brevard County, FL (http://www.womenscenterinbrevard.org/) or a favorite cancer charity.
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home
1010 Palmetto Avenue Melbourne, FL 32901
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 14, 2013