Nancy Plummer Duff
June 11, 1926 – September 10, 2019
Nancy P. Duff, longtime resident of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at Ginger Cove. She was born to William Plummer and Susan Brundage Plummer on June 11, 1926 in Cranford, New Jersey. Nancy was the youngest and last surviving of 5 children, including Susan, Janet, Bill, and Betsy. She married the love of her life, Joseph C. Duff, on June 30, 1951, and they moved to Annapolis, where he had accepted a position at the United States Naval Academy. Joe predeceased Nancy on July 31, 2001. Nancy was devoted to her family and friends and spent many hours serving in her community. In addition to a 30-year career as a legal secretary, she spent years as a Girl Scout troop leader and area troop coordinator, hospice volunteer, and worked with the Caring Network at Heritage Harbour. She was also a great supporter of her husband Joe and the Naval Academy baseball athletic program. Serving others was her greatest joy. Nancy is survived by her daughters, Phebe Duff and Hilary Gonzales, both of Annapolis, Phebe’s husband Ken Christie, and Hilary’s husband Patrick Gonzales. She is survived by her grandchildren Sarah Gonzales Wertz, of Sterling, VA, and her husband Jake Wertz, Aaron Christie, of Chicago IL, and Elizabeth Byers, of Arnold, MD, and her husband Austin Byers. Nancy is survived by her 5 wonderful great-grandchildren, Chase Byers, Henry Wertz, Griffin Byers, Penelope “Poppy” Wertz, and Wyatt Byers. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Ann Hale, and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express its profound gratitude to the staffs of Hospice of the Chesapeake and Ginger Cove. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made in Nancy’s name to either Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122, or Ginger Cove, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21403.
First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis
171 Duke of Gloucester St
Nancy Plummer Duff
Lisa Garrish Parks
September 14, 2019
I was lucky to have received my nickname from Mr. and Mrs. Duff - always called me Lisa Lu. I have wonderful memories of dinner with the Duff’s (chicken, rice and vegetables) before Hilary and I would jump out the door to see our high school boyfriends. Mrs. Duff, in her navy Papagallos, khaki slacks and perfectly coordinated sweater was always the epitome of style and class. I’ll miss you!! Love, Lisa ❤️
September 14, 2019
I have almost too many memories to mention, but suffice it to say, Mrs. Duff had a huge positive impact on my childhood. She was always listening to classical music, offering a yummy snack, introducing a new family pet (Easter ducklings or my favorite, Bessie the Basset!), or putting up with the neighborhood children! What a blessing that she brought her warmth and love to three generations of her family. I’m so sorry for the loss of your lovely mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother. All our love— the Gilhoolys
Chuck and Geri Davis
September 12, 2019
She was indeed a great Lady ...
She and Joe remain a true moral example and firm inspiration to several generations of midshipmen and their families.
September 11, 2019
You were always Mrs. Duff to me, my best friends mother. As an adult, you became Nancy, but I will always remember you as the woman who helped my mother raise me while my father was often out of the country. I think you'd be proud! You honored my mother at her service last year and I intend to honor you this year. My love to Phebe and Hilary.