Nancy Wolcott

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NANCY HOPE WOLCOTT Nancy Hope Lawder Wolcott, of Boston, Mass., passed away October 27, 2011 at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association. Nancy was a gifted actress, director, teacher, and poet. She was an avid student of Christian Science and a longtime member of the Church of Christ Scientist, Boston. She cherished her five daughters, their families, and her extended family of cousins, nephews, and nieces. She was a vibrant and talented woman; intensely curious about the world and the people she met. She was never dull, always ready with a game, performance, or funny story to keep "the audience" laughing. She could be outrageous, embarrassing her young children but leaving so many stories to tell later. There was the time in the late 1950s when she was refused entrance to a restaurant because she wasn't wearing a skirt. She went into the ladies room and appropriated the drapes for the next two hours while she enjoyed dinner and dancing with friends. All the grandchildren have "G'Mom" stories to tell, G'Mom being the name she invented for her status as grandmother. And it fit. Nancy was born in 1922 in Evanston, Ill., daughter of Blanche and Donald Lawder and sister of Donald Jr. and Wallace. She grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and attended Greenwich Academy and Rogers Hall in Lowell, Mass. Upon graduation, she completed a two-year program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (N.Y.) and began a lifetime of acting, including appearances on Broadway, in summer stock, community theater and also in numerous television commercials. During WWII, Nancy joined the United Service Organization (USO), performing for the troops in Manila, Philippines. In 1950, she married William Goodwin Wolcott, now deceased, and they raised their family in Riverside, Conn. Together they founded a neighborhood play-reading group, the "Turkey of the Month Club," which has continued for more than 50 years later to perform monthly plays for its membership. Nancy received her Bachelors degree from Empire State College, N.Y., in 1978. In 1981, she moved to Boston, where she launched a successful career as a real estate broker. She was admitted in 1994 to Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement (HILR) in Cambridge, Mass. There she continued to pursue her passion for the theater, teaching classes on Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere and Shaw; performing in A.L. Gurney's "Love Letters;" and electrifying audiences in her roles as Desdemona, Ophelia and Queen Margaret. She was inspired by poetry classes at HILR and had several poems published in the HILR Review and The Christian Science Monitor. She volunteered at the Christian Science church as tour guide, usher, and Reading Room assistant. She has been surrounded by her daughters Jaymie Wolcott Chernoff (Amherst, Mass.), Jill Sayre Wolcott (Charlotte, Vt.), Joan Wolcott Elliott (Lincoln, Mass.), Janine (Nini) Wolcott La Farge (Nantucket, Mass.), Jennifer Wolcott Cabrera (Sudbury, Mass.), her sons-in-law, and her 10 grandchildren. The family is grateful for the loving and consistent attention of the nurses at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, who both supported and delighted Nancy during her stay there. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, 910 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467 or to one of Nancy's favorite Boston-based charities: The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115. Lowell, Mass. Upon graduation, she completed a two-year program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (N.Y.) and began a lifetime of acting, including appearances on Broadway, in summer stock, community theater and also in numerous television commercials. During WWII, Nancy joined the United Service Organization (USO), performing for the troops in Manila, Philippines. In 1950, she married William Goodwin Wolcott, now deceased, and they raised their family in Riverside, Conn. Together they founded a neighborhood play-reading group, the "Turkey of the Month Club," which has continued for more than 50 years later to perform monthly plays for its membership. Nancy received her Bachelors degree from Empire State College, N.Y., in 1978. In 1981, she moved to Boston, where she launched a successful career as a real estate broker. She was admitted in 1994 to Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement (HILR) in Cambridge, Mass. There she continued to pursue her passion for the theater, teaching classes on Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere and Shaw; performing in A.L. Gurney's "Love Letters;" and electrifying audiences in her roles as Desdemona, Ophelia and Queen Margaret. She was inspired by poetry classes at HILR and had several poems published in the HILR Review and The Christian Science Monitor. She volunteered at the Christian Science church as tour guide, usher, and Reading Room assistant. She has been surrounded by her daughters Jaymie Wolcott Chernoff (Amherst, Mass.), Jill Sayre Wolcott (Charlotte, Vt.), Joan Wolcott Elliott (Lincoln, Mass.), Janine (Nini) Wolcott La Farge (Nantucket, Mass.), Jennifer Wolcott Cabrera (Sudbury, Mass.), her sons-in-law, and her 10 grandchildren. The family is grateful for the loving and consistent attention of the nurses at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, who both supported and delighted Nancy during her stay there. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, 910 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467 or to one of Nancy's favorite Boston-based charities: The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115. Manila, Philippines. In 1950, she married William Goodwin Wolcott, now deceased, and they raised their family in Riverside, Conn. Together they founded a neighborhood play-reading group, the "Turkey of the Month Club," which has continued for more than 50 years later to perform monthly plays for its membership. Nancy received her Bachelors degree from Empire State College, N.Y., in 1978. In 1981, she moved to Boston, where she launched a successful career as a real estate broker. She was admitted in 1994 to Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement (HILR) in Cambridge, Mass. There she continued to pursue her passion for the theater, teaching classes on Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere and Shaw; performing in A.L. Gurney's "Love Letters;" and electrifying audiences in her roles as Desdemona, Ophelia and Queen Margaret. She was inspired by poetry classes at HILR and had several poems published in the HILR Review and The Christian Science Monitor. She volunteered at the Christian Science church as tour guide, usher, and Reading Room assistant. She has been surrounded by her daughters Jaymie Wolcott Chernoff (Amherst, Mass.), Jill Sayre Wolcott (Charlotte, Vt.), Joan Wolcott Elliott (Lincoln, Mass.), Janine (Nini) Wolcott La Farge (Nantucket, Mass.), Jennifer Wolcott Cabrera (Sudbury, Mass.), her sons-in-law, and her 10 grandchildren. The family is grateful for the loving and consistent attention of the nurses at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, who both supported and delighted Nancy during her stay there. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, 910 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467 or to one of Nancy's favorite Boston-based charities: The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115.
Published in GreenwichTime on Nov. 17, 2011
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