LEVERETT - Nancy Rockland-Miller died April, 19, 2013, comfortably, in her home in Leverett, after 54 joyous years alive that included an extraordinary and courageous 15 year marathon with a rare Lymphoma.
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Nancy lived life with abundance, integrity and passion, no doubt holding a world record for the most deep, abiding friendships. The curiosity, compassion, commitment and engagement she exemplified in her vast landscape of family and friendship made her a natural in her professional life as a psychotherapist.
Graduating from Union College with a bachelor's in psychology and Yeshiva University with a master's in social work, Rockland-Miller began a psychotherapy practice that spanned positions from Connecticut to California to Western Massachusetts, where she moved with her family in 1992. She has worked as a therapist in the Valley for the last 21 years.
In addition to her professional life, Nancy pursued a career as a singer-songwriter and a committed lifetime avocation in ballet. Nancy began her music career as a children's singer-songwriter, forming a band with a group of physically challenged kids that went on to perform at venues including the Falcon Ridge music festival. As Nancy's music and lyricism developed she became a folk-rock musician, exploring themes of love, friendship and emotional resilience. She published two original CD's and her recording and performance band included many of the Valley's great local musicians.
However, above all else, Nancy's greatest passion was her life as mother to her three children, Ari, Noah and Kyla.
She is survived by her beautiful children and daughters-in law Jenna and Carina. She is also survived by Harry Rockland- Miller, her partner of 27 years; her loving parents Larry and Charlotte Rockland; her younger brothers Tommy and Peter, who have both been her "rock" and each of their loving and beautiful families.
Nancy lives on in the memories of her many, many friends. All of us are so much the better, the more interesting, the more alive because of our lives close to Nancy Rockland-Miller. All of us, the more devastated to imagine the day-to-day world without her.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 23, 2013