June 6, 1926 – November 22, 2018
South Yarmouth – Nancy Daniel, 92, of South Yarmouth passed away on November 22, 2018, at the Mayflower Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, West Yarmouth. Nancy was the daughter of the late Marion Childs Daniel and Joseph Daniel of Osterville. She spent her childhood years in Osterville, graduated from Barnstable High School in 1944. Soon after graduating high school, she entered the order of the Franciscans Sisters of the Poor as Sr Ann Regina, eventually becoming the Mistress of Novices and also served as a member on the Council of the Congregation. While a Franciscan Sister of the Poor, Nancy graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 and received a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University in 1955.
Nancy left the order in the mid 1970’s, then worked as a nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, Hoboken, NJ for many years before returning to Cape Cod in the mid 1980’s where she worked as a Coding Director in the Medical Records Department at Cape Cod Hospital. She attended Saint Pius X Parish of South Yarmouth, and made many friends while volunteering for various events.
Nancy was predeceased by her brother Mitchell Daniel, sisters, Sr. Marion Agnes Daniel, Katherine Crowe, and Jane Everett. She is survived by her sister Josephine Swift of Lexington, KY and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, in addition to cousins far and wide whose lives she has touched.
Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, November 28 from 9-11 AM at Doane Beal & Ames, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. A Funeral Mass will take place immediately after at 11:30 AM, Our Lady of the Assumption Church located at 76 Wianno Avenue, Osterville MA, 02655.
- Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, November 28, 2018
- Burial Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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December 20, 2018
I have known, and been friends with, Nancy, for 54 years. I met her as Sr. Ann Regina in the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Warwick, NY, when I applied for and entered the order in 1964. I became Sr. Mary Nicholas, but left the novitiate in 1966. My time there had accomplished what needed to be done in order to set me on a life course. Nancy and I made an instant New England connection, as she had grown up on (and always loved) The Cape, and I had spent a good deal of my childhood and teenage life with my grandparents in Newport, RI., which became my heart home. We both played the violin, and my entrance year we played duet together for Christmas mass. We shared a great love of nature.
We corresponded throughout all these years, and I have every letter and card she ever sent, up to and including her last one sent on Sept. 29, 2018, in which she apologized for missing the appointment with my cousin Ruth and me for our yearly outing because she had been taken to the hospital. She and Ruth, who is 90, became friends as well over the years. We always went to a favorite spot of hers near the ocean with a boardwalk (where the photos were taken).
We had special places we all loved to go on the Cape, especially the Lemon Tree Pottery in Brewster, and lunch at the Yarmouth House. Once Ruth and I made a special trip to take her sister, (who had Alzheimers) with us to a restaurant near their childhood home in Osterville. We explored the woods near her beloved small house in South Yarmouth, walking the lane to the nearby lake. I phoned often, mailed her my columns when I could, and kept her in my heart always. This is where she will remain until we meet again on the other side, where I know she is at peace finally, and happy. I will miss her very dearly. She was a unique and special person in my life.