Constance "Nancy" Peabody McCaffrey

June 14, 1924February 25, 2020

Nancy McCaffrey, 95, passed away in Fort Collins, Colorado on February 25, 2020.

Born Constance Peabody to Dean and Florence Peabody in Brookline, Massachusetts on June 14, 1924, Nancy attended Carleton College during World War II. After the war, she led American Youth Hostel trips in the French Alps and worked for the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. She married Hugh McCaffrey in 1953, and the couple moved to Boulder, Colorado where they were active in the Colorado Mountain Club, Plan Boulder, and in supporting Youth and Elder hostels. Nancy was active in the League of Women Voters, helping collect data and lobby the City of Boulder for bike lanes and paths. A life-long lover of music, Nancy played string quartets with other musicians for many years at her home on Juniper Avenue, where she lived for half a century, and later at The Meridian, where she spent most of the last decade of her life.

Survivors include Nancy’s daughters Sarah, Jennifer and Gretchen and son Mark. Preceding her in death are her parents, her former husband, Hugh, her brother Dean, and her sisters Ruth and Beth. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Elaine Taylor

March 9, 2020

I was so grateful that Nancy's obit was published in the Daily Camera. After having played quartets with her since the later 1970s, it was good to hear what happened after her move to Ft Collins.

I was First Violin in our initial configuration; Nancy was Second; Claire Sidle played viola, and Eleanor Bartlett, cello. Yoneko Mizushima later joined us as a viola sub, or as Viola II in Quintets. Laurie Travers sometimes played as a cello sub, or as an additional cello for Quintets. After Eleanor's death, we were joined by David Orr until a shoulder problem prevented him from continuing.

Then we were Trios: Elaine, Nancy and Yoneko. That continued until I unfortunately dropped Nancy's violin while I was attempting to tune it's sticking pegs. After its repair, Nancy decided that she did not want to continue playing.

Laurie Travers

March 4, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Nancy's death. She and I met in 1975 at the Kampers' Thursday evening chamber music group and subsequently played together at Pfiffner hut concerts and string quartet/quintet gatherings at her homes on Juniper and at the Meridian. Nancy was a delightful raconteur and chamber music companion.

Paul Lander

March 1, 2020

Our condolences to your family on the loss of your Mother. Mark often spoke of a childhood 'in the ditches' of Boulder, so imagine that a mother who encouraged being outdoors was a part of that. Hope you all can celebrate the long and full life your Mother lived.