Nancy Harrower McKendree

April 28, 1936August 8, 2014

Nancy Harrower McKendree, 78, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 8, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, F.D. Harrower; mother, Elizabeth Dogherty; and brother, Rev. David Harrower. Nancy worked as a Dental Assistant for Dr. F. Paul Grosso, D.D.S., in Alexandria, VA for 30 years. She was an active supporter of the International Champion Barbershop Chorus, the Alexandria Harmonizers. In Alexandria, VA, Nancy also volunteered at St. Pauls Episcopal Church Altar Guild. Nancy enjoyed the Daingerfield Island Sailing Club, Alexandria, VA, in which she was a sailboat racing owner and skipper and sailing instructor. She also was involved in Burgee design, production, and sale, as well as sail covers production and repair. In Williamsburg, VA, she was a member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, where she volunteered with the Church Altar Guild, the Bruton Book and Gift Shop, and provided Communion Service to “Shut-Ins.” She was a valued volunteer. She is survived by her husband, John D. McKendree. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3PM, at Bruton Parish Church, 331 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Interment will follow in the church yard. Memorial contributions may be made to Williamsburg Landing Benevolence Fund, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Dr., Williamsburg, VA. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nancy Harrower McKendree

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August 24, 2014

Dear Jack,
We were so saddened to learn about Nancy in the PACKET. I always admired her for her fortitude, stamina, perseverance and general humanity. Many times she took Rob for outings, including a trip to the Washington Zoo where she pushed him around in a wheelchair. In addition, I enjoyed accompanying her as ballast on lovely sailing outings, where she captained her ship with utmost accuracy.
We still own and rent out the Lee Street house with the possibility that Rob and his bride may move back there from Manhattan if they find jobs in the area. If that happens, he will aready have a history there, remembering that you two lived around the corner with your beloved Alexander, and afforded us all much happiness.
Our prayers for Nancy will continue, and we hope you will visit us if in the vicinity.
Trudy, Bob and Rob

Jules DuPeza

August 22, 2014

My Kindred Spirit

Nancy and I are kindred spirits. We are both sailors. She sailed sloops competitively while I sailed square riggers. In her day she was one great sailor. I told her tails of sailing across the ocean. Occasionally we would meet at the Cancer Center to trade hugs and kisses.

Needless to say, I can see her now minding the helm of a white-hulled sloop while sailing into the blue with an eye on the luff, on a reach with the wind on the starboard quarter. Good sailing,Nancy.

August 19, 2014

My prayers are extended to your family during this time of grief. I know that we all anticipate the time when "death is to be brought to nothing" (1 Corinthians 15:26)

Marcia Green

August 19, 2014

Many memories of Nancy mostly associated with her love of sailing. She spent many happy hours sailing and working on her sailboat, “Time O'Day” and she was always willing to help another sailor who was in need of an extra hand. One year the Potomac River froze solid and I was concerned that the ice would damage my boat which was adjacent to Nancy's. Not to worry, always resourceful, Nancy came to the rescue when she installed an “ice eater” which effectively cleared the ice from around both of our boats. She was truly special. Jack, my deepest sympathy.

Judy Munday

August 17, 2014

So sorry to learn of Nancy's passing. Even though I had lost touch since she left Alexandria, I've remembered her fondly when visting the Washington Sailing Marina. Nancy was such a part of the sailing community for so many years and so enjoyed working on and sailing her O'Day Mariner. My sincere condolences to Jack.

August 16, 2014

Nancy will rest in peace. She was lovely.

Judy and Chuck Covarrubias

JOHN Pence

August 15, 2014

Jack - Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope, as I am doing after the loss of my Janene in March. Be strong for Nancy, my friend!

August 11, 2014

So sorry to hear of the loss of such a sweet lady. Deepest sympathies. Les and Michele Hoffman