BEALS, NANCY KIMBALL
95, of Governor Francis Farms, Warwick, and Green Hill Beach, South Kingstown, passed away peacefully at home from declining health. Her devoted niece Kimberly, and caregiver Yvonne were by her side. She was the daughter of Albert Chester Beals and Gladys May Kimball Beals. Preceded in death by her brother Chester "Chet" Kimball Beals, and sister Ann Pryce Beals.
She was the secretary and treasurer until retirement of A.C. Beals Company, a respected contracting and masonry company founded by her father in the 1930's. The A.C. Beals Company played a significant role in the building of the Amica Insurance office buildings, Rhode Island Hospital's Jane Brown Unit, Roger Williams Park exhibits, and years of restoration work to All Saints Memorial Church, many schools, houses of worship, and Providence city sidewalks where the company's name is still proudly displayed in brass plaques.
She was a member of and former vestry at All Saints' Memorial Church in Providence; a member of the Green Hill Civic Association, Point Judith Country Club, Dunes Club, Agawam Hunt Club, Animal Rescue League of RI, RI Zoological Society, and Perryville Grange #14. She was a Cranston Rainbow Alumnae, and a former member of the Board of Managers and Board of Trustees at Saint Elizabeth Home.
She was a life member of the RI Ski Club. She graduated from Vermont College now Norwich University and was crowned Snow Queen in her first year. Skiing was her first love. She enjoyed sharing her memories of trips on snow trains to North Conway, NH and early morning rides up on the single chair at Stowe Mountain where she would get a free lift in the winter to deliver milk to the summit (aka The Milk Run). She was also an avid golfer who consistently drove a ball straight off the tee down the center of the fairway.
She is survived by her primary caregiver and niece Kimberly Beals of Green Hill Beach, and North Conway, NH; nephew Chester "Chip" K. Beals Jr., and sister in-law Frances Beals also of Green Hill Beach.
Nancy was renowned for her joy for life which served her well when at only 25-years old she became one of the country's first successful limb re-attachment survivors, a great credit to the doctors and nurses at the Jane Brown Hospital who were able to reattach and eventually save her "other" leg during a 6-month hospitalization. She went on to inspire many with her generosity of time and encouragement to amputees or those challenged by life's hard knocks. She was also a 40-year breast cancer survivor. She often said, "there wasn't going to be much left to put in "the" box". Most importantly, her love of her family allowed her to withstand many of life's hardships and tragedies. This strength alone is what kept her going for so many years. We thank her caregivers, Yvonne, Marilyn, Nancy, and Ester for their loving commitment to Nancy. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an animal rescue league, or domestic violence resource center of your choice.
Her funeral service will be held in All Saints' Memorial Church, 674 Westminster Street, Providence on Saturday, April 10 at 11:30 AM. Burial will be in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. Everyone attending the funeral is invited to go directly to church. All current health guidelines regarding the wearing of face masks and the practice of social distancing must be followed.
There will be a celebration of life for Nancy announced for later this summer at her beloved Green Hill home. Condolences may be offered & remembrances shared at www.carpenterjenks.com