Nancy Williams Chenoweth
November 22, 1925 – November 28, 2018
Nancy Williams Chenoweth, 93, died peacefully following a bout with pneumonia. Nancy was born November 22, 1925, in Englewood, NJ. She was the only child of British parents, Raymond J.A. Williams of Bristol, England and Dora Kenny Cooke of Newton Butler, Northern Ireland, both brought up during Queen Victoria’s latter reign, and who emigrated to the U.S. as young adults. The family moved to Baltimore, MD in 1932. Nancy with her husband Bill moved to Charlotte, NC in 1967. Nancy moved to Wilmington NC in 2016, where she passed away on November 28.
Her father, a medical publisher in New York, moved to Baltimore in 1932, settling in Roland Park, where Nancy attended Roland Park Country School, graduating in 1943. She then started the RN program at Union Memorial Hospital (where her four children were later born). Nancy married William (Bill) Nelson Chenoweth in July 1944. Her mother died of cancer after a long illness, during which time Nancy cared for her. Their first child, William Randall, was born in May 1947. They departed Nancy’s beloved Roland Park the following year, moving to their Riderwood home, joined by her father. Their second child, William Todd, was born in March 1950, followed by William Carey, in September 1951. She cared for her mother-in-law at their home when she was dying of cancer in 1956. Her beloved father continued to commute by train to his work at Williams and Wilkins in the city, retiring at the end of 1953 at the age of 75. Those retirement years were special for Nancy and her boys, having her Dad at home full-time, until his death in June 1957. Their final child, the long-anticipated girl, Anne [Wendy] Williams arrived a year prior to her grandfather’s departure, in February 1956.
After the end of that family chapter, Nancy resumed her dedicated care of her growing brood, attending PTA and watching her boys at team sports, as well as volunteering with Red Cross and Meals On Wheels. The Chenoweth family moved to Charlotte ten years later in 1967. Nancy and Bill became active members at St. Peter’s Episcopal, including her work at the Soup Kitchen. Her husband died of cancer in September 1978, and she faithfully and devotedly remained his widow for 40 years. During that time she volunteered at the Literacy Council and Crisis Assistance Ministry. Nancy enjoyed her life in Myers Park for nearly 50 years, sharing her home with her son Todd for her last 35 years on the first block of Sharon Road, where she was the senior resident at the time she moved to Wilmington in 2016 to be cared for by her older son, Randy, and his wife, Cathy. As with many other members of the Depression and War generation, Nancy had a unique personality, warm, generous, and delightful; and as her hospital nurse recently observed, “I wish all my patients were like your Mom!”
Nancy will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Randy (Cathy), Todd, Carey (Perry), and Wendy Rayfield; and by eight grandchildren, Jason, Ben, Eli (Elle), Clover (Roger), Christian, Rebekah (Lindsay), Anna, Elisabeth; and nine great grandchildren, Bethany, Olivia, Zachary, Ceiba, Lela, Viviana, Christopher, Serena, and Alanna. Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William (Bill) Nelson Chenoweth.
Burial will take place at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville, MD.
Memorial donations in memory of Nancy may be made to CrisisAssistance.org or NepalYouthFoundation.org.
Nancy Williams Chenoweth
December 2, 2018
My thoughts are with you. Sending peace and love to all the Chenoweth family.
June Froehlich Daley
December 2, 2018
To be raised by Nancy was like a visit to NeverNeverLand and the Swiss Alps mixed together. She was both Tinker Bell and Julie Andrews, and you knew the hills in life would always be alive with The Sound of Music! She made it obvious one ‘never needed to grow up’, as her Peter Pan songs sang, but she was always there for you if you chose the real world. I was saddened when she was widowed so many years ago, but she maintained her youthful spirit till 93 teasing with those that cared for her. RIP Mom. 💜
December 1, 2018
Please accept my deepest condolences in your loss. As you cope during this difficult time, find strength in the words: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28,29