Nancy Elizabeth Eldredge
7 August, 1939 – 14 July, 2021
Nancy “Smiling Dove” Elizabeth Eldredge passed early morning July 14th at Cape Cod Hospital with her children around her, at age 81.
A true Cape Codder, she was born August 7th , 1939 at Cape Cod (cottage) Hospital and raised in Chatham, MA. She lived in Brewster in her last years. Daughter of Everett “Gunny” R. Eldredge Jr. and Esther Catherine (Muldowney) Eldredge, she was the eldest of four children, and proud to be the granddaughter of Everett Raymond Eldredge, the first chief of police of Chatham.
She lovingly leaves behind three children, George “Lee” Hall, Michael Hall, Amy Hall, grandson Alex Cooper, brother, Everett “Hunky” Eldredge, sister-in-law Roberta Eldredge, six nieces and nephews, one grand-nephew and one grand-niece. She was predeceased by her brothers Michael and Jeff Eldredge.
Nancy grew up with an abundant outdoor playground at Camp Malabar, her family’s camp on Oyster River, where she learned from her naturalist father and had many different types of pets and rescue animals. Nancy loved life and nature! She graduated Holy Cross Academy in 1957 as a vivacious girl of contrast talented with a paint brush, entertainer "juggling lobsters" and as a singer.
She married in the late 1960's to Arthur "Skip" Hall and resided in Winchester and Chatham MA until her divorce seven years later. She was a loving and special mom to her three kids and spent many summers exploring Cape Cod, NH and ME together.
She was proud of her Native American Wampanoag and Penobscot aspects of her ancestry; she learned much about living in harmony with the earth and shared her knowledge through her teachings.
She had many different jobs, but her life’s calling was to teach children how we are all deeply connected to mother earth, and ultimately dependent upon her. Her last employment was at Plymouth Plantation as the Education Manager for the Wampanoag Indigenous Program and "Hobomock's Homesite".
She was loved by virtually everyone and will be greatly missed.
For online condolences and more information, please visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries. Family and friends are invited to share A Celebration of Nancy's Life, held at the West Chatham VFW on Sunday September 26th from 2:30-5:30.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project at email@example.com.
As a transplant recipient, Nancy would appreciate people to become organ donors. Thank-you.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.nickersonfhchatham.com for the Eldredge family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Nancy Elizabeth Eldredge
16 September 2021
I send Nancy’s family sweet memories of her at Plimouth Plantation. Her educational skills taught many willing to learn a very deep regard for the earth. Her sensitive spirit will be missed by me.
8 September 2021
Nancy worked for me in the mid ‘80’s, and always remained a friend via occasional phone chats.
She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known, always thinking about others, but especially about the Earth, which I think she worshipped as sacred.
At work she always strived to get better and to do the best job for all customers.
All who knew her loved her.
She told me years ago that she had had plenty of time to think about death, and that she hoped that after she died she could be around to help people…so watch out for good stuff happening to you!
Much love to her family and friends that might be suffering over her loss.
Ann & John Handley
6 September 2021
Kia ora Amy - and the rest of Nancy's family,
We have only just heard of Nancy's passing (through Rick and Katie Sibley) and it has come as a great shock. Nancy and I (Ann) considered ourselves as soul sisters and both John and I have many great memories of our time together when we were living on Cape Cod and John and Nancy were part of Rick Sibley's paint gang.
Nancy was such a vibrant person, wonderful fun to be with but also very considerate and thoughtful. I (Ann) will always remember our weekly spiritual meetings when Nancy would pick me up in her van from my work in Orleans. We would hit the market and buy a huge bunch of basil and mint, then stop at her home in Chatham and cook up a pot of pesto and pasta. Then go to the meeting. Can you imagine trying to meditate after eating that. We did alot of laughter.
John and I were lucky enough to live in a friend's holiday house in Brewster in the 80's and it became the gathering place for our friends - yes Nancy visited alot. Many memories were made there there , including celebrations for birthdays. Nancy and John used to write alot of humerous poetry to be read out at each friend's birthday celebration.
We haven't seen each other for about 10 years now but have kept in touch. We will miss her greatly but always be so glad that she came into our lives. A very special person.
Amy -we would love you to email us please. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kia kaha (Stay strong)
Arohanui (Great love)
Ann & John Handley (Whanganui, New Zealand)
5 September 2021
I am absolutely broken at the news of Nancy's passing. Nancy made everyday at Plimoth Plantation a beautiful and joyous experience. She has always been in my thoughts since the day she left our museum. Nancy was one of the brightest stars that will ever shine. She is deeply, deeply missed.
Susan (Higgins) Donnelly
29 August 2021
I am so happy to see that beautiful photo of Nancy. It lightens my sadness after learning of her death. We were such friends as classmates at Holy Cross Academy. It was in Chatham in about 1956 that we, with Mimi (Nyhan) Deignan, formed our singing group and gave it the name "The Sandpipers." Decades later we 3 had a reunion on the Cape.
Nancy was lovely, spirited, witty and creative. I am sorry for her family's loss.