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SACO -- Nancy Elaine Widdecombe, 68, died Tuesday March 26, 2013. She was born in Gardiner on July 19, 1944 the daughter of Arthur B. and Eva Gertrude Ellis Gates.
Nancy grew up in Scarborough, was a 1962 graduate of Scarborough High School. After having her four children she went back to school and became a graduate of Nasson College in Sanford. She enjoyed a career as a legal secretary with Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer, & Nelson. Nancy was very involved in the activities at her residence, Millcove, in South Portland, where she ran the library. She later moved to Evergreen Manor in Saco. Nancy loved books and had a passion for reading and laughter. Nancy will be remembered for the loving care she provided for her family and especially her grandchildren. Everyone lovingly referred to her as 'Nana'.
Nancy was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Deb Fancy and her partner Ray Jett of Auburn, Brenda Cook and her husband Hugh of Scarborough; son, Michael Widdecombe and his wife Stacey of Biddeford; daughter Tracy Widdecombe and her partner James Logan of Buxton; and Nana's eight grandchildren Patrick, Jennifer, Amy, Brian, Henry, Ryder, Madison and Jackson.
A memorial service will be held 1:00pm Saturday April 6, at Conroy - Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com
Those wishing to remember Nancy may make donations in her name to The Animal Refuge League
PO Box 336
Westbrook, ME 04098
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 31, 2013