Nelsen Williamsburg


Nancy Lou Losee

May 18, 1933March 31, 2021

Nancy Lou Losee, wife of retired Marine Colonel Ronald M. Losee, passed away in Williamsburg, Virginia on March 31, 2021. She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Losee was born in 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois. She graduated from Oak Park High School and attended the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University until she married her loving husband in 1954. A devoted wife and mother, she dedicated her life to her family and her enthusiasm and generosity were unwavering characteristics.

As a young mother, she became active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local PTA groups, and numerous similar organizations. She concurrently involved herself with community, church and military activities wherever the Marines sent the family. For years she volunteered with Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, helping young servicemen in need. She was a leader of a POW-MIA recovery organization at Quantico, Virginia and was named Quantico Marine Base Wife of the Year in 1972. She maintained membership in many Officer Wives Clubs, serving as President or on the board of directors at several Marine installations.

Mrs. Losee was active in church choirs, developed a reputation as an exceptional cook and hostess, and in later years mastered the art of quilting, becoming a certified instructor, member of Who's Who in Quilting, founder of several quilt guilds and membership groups and collector of Civil War era quilts. Many of the exquisite quilts she made were selected for competition in California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia local and international shows, some winning major awards. She frequently spoke to groups about the history of quilting and identification of antique quilts, and her quilts were featured in several national magazines.

Never too busy to help a friend, she frequently visited those who were in ill health, delivering meals and compassion, offering any assistance she could provide. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Virginia Consortium of Quilters, American Quilt Study Group and local guilds. Her volunteer duties for over 15 years at Colonial Williamsburg included preservation of historic fabrics, garments and quilts. She was a member of the Jamestown Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband of nearly 68 years, she leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Diana Johnston of Jacksonville, Florida, and Jo Ann Marchant, with her husband, Mike of Scottsdale, Arizona, and a son Charles "Mike" Losee of Jacksonville, Florida and his wife Lisa. She also leaves five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Plans are underway for a private family funeral service.


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Richard Newsome

April 8, 2021

Ron, we just saw the notice of Nan's passing in the Gazette and we are so sorry. We both thought the world of Nan. She was a great lady and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her!

With our most sincere condolences,
Richard and Dana Newsome

mary haas

April 4, 2021

Dear Ron and family,
We were so very sorry to learn that Nan had passed away. You have our deepest condolences and sympathy during this sad and difficult time.
We met Nan with Ron at SAR/DAR functions where she welcomed us with her warm, beautiful smile and immediately made us feel at home in Williamsburg. Nan always had a kind word of encouragement and support and she will be truly missed by all of her friends.
Mary and Terry Haas

Tom and Mary Margaret Campbell

April 4, 2021

Mary Margaret and I got to know Nan for a relatively short time as we attended meetings of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution; and every time after meeting and talking with Nan, it was as if we knew her forever. Nan was such a loving and gracious person and we will always miss her presence. And on this Easter Sunday, we know she is with our Lord Jesus Christ and without suffering evermore.

May God bless and comfort Ron and the Losee family during this time of immense grief with Nan's passing.

Roger Hall

April 3, 2021

Nan was always smiling and upbeat every time I walked into our building at CW. She also was interested and caring about her friends; were it not for Nan and her gentle encouragement and nudging, I still might not have my SAR registration completed. It’s a legacy for me and my heirs, and something we all value.

Now, when I walk into our building at CW, I know I’ll have bittersweet feelings: sadness at the loss of a friend and wonderful lady, but thankfulness that life brought her our way.

Go in Peace

Betty Lock

April 3, 2021

Ron and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Nan provided warmth to Jamestown Presbyterian Church. Loved her smile and she always went out of her to make people feel welcome. Besides all her other wonderful activities, I believe, she was a member of the Greater First Colony garden club. She will definitely be missed.

Susan Nordholm

April 3, 2021

Ron, I am so sorry! Nan treated me like her own daughter. She is the reason I joined Jamestown Presbyterian Church about 10 years ago. She was so exuberant. I’m stunned. She continues to be a angel.

Selwyn Knap

April 1, 2021

Will miss Nan so much! Just yesterday I was looking at a wallhanging quilt top she taught the technique for at Colonial Quiltmakers Guild probably 25 years ago. I always looked forward to seeing her when I returned to VA for the Quilt Festival and Quit Camp! My sincere sympathy to her family. Selwyn Knap, Como, Colorado.