Nancy Fraser Dabney
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Nancy Fraser Dabney, 82, died peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community. Born in Boston, Mass., to the late Tressa and Simon Gordon Fraser, Nancy was raised in Damariscotta, Maine where she graduated from Lincoln Academy in 1955.

Nancy moved to Boston, Mass., to attend Fisher College and in Boston met her husband, John B. Dabney "Jack." Nancy and Jack were married in Damariscotta in 1959 and remained married for 45 years.

Nancy, devoted wife and mother of three resided with her family for 27 years in Exeter, N.H., where she was an active member of the Congregational Church and an employee of Philips Exeter Academy. An avid gardener, tennis player, knitter, and antique hunter, she also had a passion for and took classes in interior decorating. In 2000, Nancy retired with Jack to Virginia Beach, Va., to care for him and to be near her grandchildren. Widowed in 2005, Nancy eventually relocated to Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community and for several years joined in many resident activities including travel abroad, singing in the choir, and engaging in a lively social life. She also faithfully continued annual summer trips to Maine with her family, and later on her own, for over 40 years to be with dear friends and relatives.

Nancy is survived by her son, John B. Dabney wife Patricia; daughters, Laura F. Dabney husband Daryl Fanney, Elizabeth H. D. Tombros husband Alex; and five grandchildren, Maeve Dabney, Ceili Dabney, Conner Fanney wife Maggie, Dalton Lewis Fanney, and Aris Tombros.

SERVICES: A service will be held at a later date. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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May 23, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. She and my Mom have been close friends for so many years and I heard about their visits and chats regularly. I have fond memories of the Red House in Maine and the Dabney family visits to see us in Vermont as well as Nancy's visits to see us here in California. She used to crack me up. I remember that little eye roll she would do when she thought something was weird or crazy. Sending my love and continued prayers.
Kelly Murphy
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