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Nancy Jane Pearson Ansley
Charlotte - Nancy Jane Pearson Ansley passed away at her beloved summer home in Charlotte, VT on August 10, 2018. Nancy was born in Burlington, VT. On September 26, 1928, the daughter and only child of Theodore Ludwig Pearson and Greta Nokes Pearson.
Nancy grew up in Burlington, Vt. She attended Adams Elementary School and Edmunds High School where she was a majorette in the school band. Nancy attended the University of Vermont where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in French Language and Literature. While at the University of Vermont, Nancy pledged the national sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She began a lifelong love and dedication to Kappa Alpha Theta and to her Theta sisters.
After graduating from the University of Vermont Nancy moved to Boston, Mass. where she worked as secretary to the President of the Laboratory for Electronics. While living and working in Boston she met her future husband, Norman Ansley.
Nancy and Norman were married in June of 1958 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Burlington. After her marriage she moved with her new husband to Riverdale, MD and worked at the National Academy of Sciences. In 1960 Nancy and Norman moved to a new home in Severna Park, MD. In 1960, her daughter, Jennifer, was born and in 1964, her son, Theodore, was born. Nancy was a wonderful mother and was involved in the Severna Park Elementary School PTA and in the local Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with her children.
Nancy was a lifelong Episcopalian and sang in the St. Anne's Episcopal Church choir in Annapolis and later in the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church choir with her daughter.
In the early 1960's Nancy and a few friends founded The Greater Severna Park Conversational Bridge Club. The Bridge Club met every month for over fifty years. Nancy and the "Bridge Ladies" shared many wonderful evenings together filled with wonderful and animated conversations and they supported and helped each other through good times and bad.
With her husband Norman Nancy was a supporter of the College Library at Anne Arundel Community College. Nancy was an active member of the Caritas Society of St John's College in Annapolis and enjoyed the many special activities, lectures, luncheons, and "Meet the Author" events hosted by Caritas.
In 1969 Nancy and three sister Thetas began what would become the Annapolis-Severna Park Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. Nancy served numerous terms as President or in other officer positions of this Chapter.
An active member of the Annapolis Panhellenic Club, Nancy also developed new friendships and helped fellow Thetas who moved to or lived in the Annapolis region.
Beginning in 1975 Nancy worked as a substitute teacher at Severna Park Senior High School. She was a good teacher and enjoyed her classes and students. She continued to be a substitute teacher for many decades.
When she was young Nancy spent many summer days at the cottage of a family friend at Thompson's Point in Charlotte, VT. It was during these visits that she first fell in love with "The Point". In the late 1960's Nancy returned to Thompson's Point with her family. They rented different cottages every summer for over 25 years and eventually bought their own cottage in 1996. Nancy loved Thompson's Point and made many dear friends there over almost fifty years. She played ladies' doubles tennis there for several years and hosted several ladies' tennis luncheons. Nancy was involved with the Thompson's Point bridge parties. She enjoyed many afternoons and evenings over decades playing bridge with her friends.
Nancy was able to spend the last days and weeks of her life at her beloved cottage and with her dear friends at the Point sitting on the front porch, chatting with them, and watching her hummingbirds whom she kept well fed every summer.
Nancy was a lover of birds and could identify most by sight or sound. Nancy also loved dogs. Over the many years of her life she had three wonderful furry friends whom she nurtured and cared for with great affection.
After her husband Norman was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1993, Nancy cared for him and made sure that his life was full of interesting activities, good food, dinner dates with friends, and that he received the best medical care possible. Norman passed away in 2011.
Nancy is survived by her son, Theodore and his wife, Debi (née Siler) and their three children: Katherine Margaret (20), Theodore Siler (16), and Benjamin William (11) .
She is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer Stadnik (née Ansley) and her husband Thomas and their three children: Magdalena Johanna (26), John Thomas (23) and Anastasia Maria (19). Nancy adored her grandchildren. She was happiest when hearing of their joys, achievements and adventures.
A Wake Service will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne, VT from 4-7pm.
The Rite of Christian Burial Service will be celebrated on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church 5171 Shelburne Road, Shelburne VT.
Later that day a gathering in Nancy's memory will be held at the Thompson's Point Club House in Charlotte, VT from 4-7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
A Memorial Service for Nancy will be held in Annapolis MD at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to:
The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
8740 Founders Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268