Nancy S. Nevells

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Nancy S. Nevells, 77
GORHAM - Nancy S. Nevells, 77, formerly of Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, passed away on April 9, 2018, at home, after a two-year struggle with cancer.
She was born in Waterbury, Conn., the daughter of the late John and Vincenza (Panasci) Ricupero. After college she traveled internationally and then taught school in the Goshen, Conn., school district for nearly 40 years before retiring. She and her husband, Melville P. Nevells, lived in Connecticut, Vermont, and eventually Maine. Her enjoyment came from teaching kindergarten through fifth grade, including special education. She still communicated with these students throughout the years. Even after retirement, her love of children never ended. She was known to take all her students under her wing, giving them motherly love, advice and even clothes.
She cherished her involvement with the church, Cressey Road United Methodist Church in Gorham, especially with the cancer support group, organizing the Cressey Road Church Prayer Angels who provided prayers and cards for the sick and their caregivers and organized communion for those at home. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women and Trinity Circle. Her passion was baking, for which she was known as one of the Queens of the annual Church Cookie Fair. Her strong heart provided many meals for those in need, as well as flowers through the Flower Ministry. She was a role model for all of the church - generous, loving, dedicated and faithfully embracing these traits as a servant of Jesus.
At home, her passion for her dogs and flower garden were unmatched.
Well before Nancy's illness began, she enjoyed a special relationship with John and Amanda Cross and their children, and with Deborah Connolly, who each lovingly cared for Nancy. She also had an unending love for her predeceased husband, Melville P. Nevells. She was also predeceased by one sister, Dorothy "Dotty" J. Ricupero.
A Celebration of Life for both Nancy Nevells and Melville Nevells will be held on Saturday, April, 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Cressey Road United Methodist Church, 81 Cressey Road, in Gorham. Refreshments will follow immediately after. To express condolences and to participate in Nancy's online tribute, please visit:

Memorial contributions
can be made to
Cressey Road
United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 607
Gorham, Maine

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Funeral Home
Dolby, Blais & Segee - Gorham Chapel
76 State Street
Gorham, ME 04038
(207) 839-4270
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 11, 2018
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