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Nancy Carlisle

December 8, 1924March 24, 2021

Nancy Dewey Carlisle, age 96, of Rochester Hills, Michigan passed away Wednesday March 23, 2021.

Nancy was born the daughter of Floyd and Zoe (Sherman) Dewey on December 8, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo, class of 1942. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Art from Ohio State University. She married James Carlisle on June 25th, 1949 at the Unitarian Church in Toledo. Prior to Nancy and James move to Rochester, Michigan in 1962, she started the Harper Woods Rondelet Dance Club. During this time, Jim served as Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem of Harper Woods. She and Jim also enjoyed square dancing - sewing elaborate full skirts and western shirts for these outings. She was a member of the Meadow Brook Women’s Club and numerous bridge and quilt groups. Both she and Jim enjoyed their involvement in the early years of the Avon Players, Jim creating and building sets and Nancy sewing costumes.

Nancy was foremost a homemaker, who loved to read and complete beautifully crafted projects. She had the ability to find and accentuate the best qualities in all her family members and friends. Nancy was a talented mathematician, very artistic and creative, and amazingly tech-savvy throughout her lifetime. She loved to knit and outfitted the entire neighborhood with matching hand-knit hats and ski sweaters for their annual Boyne Highlands ski trips in the mid 1960’s. Nancy leaves a legacy of many gorgeous handmade quilts and intricate hand-knit sweaters.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband James Carlisle; parents Floyd and Zoe (Sherman) Dewey; and brother David Dewey. She is survived by her children Susan (Greg) Anderson, Jean (Rob) Russell, Jim (Denise) Carlisle Jr., and Paul (Alina) Carlisle; grandchildren Glen Anderson, Jill Anderson, David Russell, Anne Russell, Victor Carlisle, Julia Carlisle, and Alex Carlisle; great-grandchild Maverick Carlisle; and sister Mary Goodwin.

Nancy will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. No additional services will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s honor to


  • James Carlisle, Husband (deceased)
  • Floyd and Zoe (Sherman) Dewey, Parents (deceased)
  • Susan Anderson (Greg), Daughter
  • Jean Russell (Rob), Daughter
  • Jim Carlisle Jr. (Denise), Son
  • Paul Carlisle (Alina), Son
  • Glen Anderson, Grandson
  • Jill Anderson, Granddaughter
  • David Russell, Grandson
  • Anne Russell, Granddaughter
  • Victor Carlisle, Grandson
  • Julia Carlisle, Granddaughter
  • Alex Carlisle, Grandson
  • Maverick Carlisle, Great Grandson
  • Mary Goodwin, Sister
  • David Dewey, Brother (deceased)


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jean Carlisle-Russell

March 28, 2021

My mother was a bundle of talent and her mind was sharp right to the end. We were alike in so many ways: twins in looks, loving all the same foods, especially candy (spice drops, gummy bears, and MANY more), having a passion for math and art, loving ragtime music, and being a bit goofy at times. She was the first person I would call when something wonderful or devastating occurred in my life. I will deeply miss her and our routine phone chats. How do I cope without my mama?

Dianna Swenson

March 26, 2021

Nancy Carlisle was a major contributor to making Meadowbrook Woman's Club a successful organization. She never talked about all the time or supplies that she contributed in making stationary, name tags, and invitations for the club. She has held different positions within the club and has always been humble about everything she has done. Nancy was truly a beautiful person on the inside and out. We will miss her dearly!

Gail Bothwell

March 26, 2021

To Nancy's family, I'm so sad to hear this news. Nancy was a friend to me through MWC (Meadowbrook Womans Club) where she used her many talents every month making us beautiful name tags for each meeting. We also shared a love of ragtime music and enjoyed Bob M concerts. May this dear lady rest in peace.
Gail H Bothwell

Joanne Swanson-Hauncher

March 26, 2021

Family of Nancy,
She was a great lady! We worked together at Avon Players doing all sorts of fun things. I know she will be surely missed🙏