Nancy N. Cook
August 23, 1929 – July 20, 2019
ORLEANS – Nancy Noble Cook, 89 died peacefully July 20, 2019, at The Terraces in Orleans, MA where she resided for the last four years. Nan was born in Somerville, MA but grew up Wilmington, MA and graduated from the Lowell State Teachers College (now University of Lowell) in 1951 and began a 33-year career as a Reading teacher, specialist and then supervisor. She married the love of her life, William Cook, in June 1956 and the couple moved to Southbridge, MA. Though she and Bill did not have children, Nan nurtured and created opportunities for countless children in her teaching positions and volunteer work. In 1987, Bill retired and they moved to Orleans, MA in 1989. In their retirement years, Nan and Bill traveled extensively, including England, Norway, Canada, Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Alaska, and Hawaii. Nan’s life outside of her marriage, friends, family and career centered around service to others. She was the first female moderator at the Elm Street Congregational Church of Southbridge, and was very active in the Mass Conference of the United Church of Christ. She was an early volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, donating the building lot next door to her house and participating in the build. At the Federated Church of Orleans, she focused her talents and treasure on programs for children and missions such as the Meeting House Preschool and the Mission and Social Concerns Committee. Throughout her life she was an outspoken advocate for mission work to promote education and social justice. Nan was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill. She is survived by a loving niece, Grace (Mel) Keniston and many dear friends from church connections and the lower Cape community. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Federated Church of Orleans or the charity of one’s choice. A memorial service will be held in August at the Federated Church of Orleans. Burial will be private. For online condolences please visit nickersonfunerals.com
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Nancy N. Cook
August 1, 2019
I knew Bill and Nan through Mass Conference UCC first in 1968, later served as their Pastor for over 15 years in Southbridge,Ma and served with Nan on Central Association Mass UCC committees. They were a great team and strong advocates for education and mission. More recently Nan participated through UCC Global Mission Partnership with Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, West Africa.
Carol and I working through "Ministries in Ghana" continue to encourage education and water projects which Nan raised our awareness of years ago. (As early as the late 70's Nan encouraged us when showering to turn off the water while soaping up.) I am sure that Nan has entered the rest, been reunited with Bill and received the word "Well done good and faithful servant!"
the Rev. David Christensen