Nancy L.'s Story
Nancy L. (Miller) Marchant Craaybeek, 86, wife of the late Lawrence Craaybeek of Gloucester, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
She was born in Gloucester on March 2, 1931, daughter of the late Richard and Salina (Stevens) Miller.
She was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1948 and the first class of the Addison Gilbert Hospital School of Practical Nursing in 1949.
Nancy owned and operated the Mustard Seed Gift Shop in Rockport. She volunteered at the Addison Gilbert Hospital Coffee Shop for over 20 years and at the North Shore Music Theater. Her love of music and singing led her to become a five year member of the “Beverly Melodyares.” Nancy loved books and was an avid reader.
She enjoyed going to New Hampshire to Larry’s cottage and their many trips to Nova Scotia. She was a very active member of the Riverdale United Methodist Church, a 27 year member of the Rockport Legion Auxiliary, Unit 98 and president for two and a half terms. Nancy will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, her special son and caregiver, John Marchant, Jr. and his wife, Ann Marie of Gloucester, Mary Marchant of Pennsylvania, Deborah Morris and her husband, David of Georgia and Jane P. Marchant Nicastro and her husband, Jerry of Florida and Anthony Marchant; daughter-in-law, Theresa Marchant of Gloucester; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; special niece, Cathy Miller of California; and family friends, Jeannette Palmer and Brian Torkelson.
She was predeceased by her first husband of 36 years, John Marchant, who died in 1985; daughter, Pamela Marchant; sons, Thomas Marchant and James Marchant; brother, James Miller; and sister, Salina “Nina” Darcy.
Her memorial service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours. The burial will be held in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Charlie Thomas Scholarship Fund, c/o Mary Thomas, 90 Langsford Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 or to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  March 20, 2017