Nancy Rice Hale

January 23rd, 2013

Nancy Rice Hale, age 78, formerly a long-time resident of Marion Street in Wilmington, died peacefully on January 22, 2013.

Nancy was born on August 5, 1934, in Bridgewater, MA. She was the cherished only child of David K. and Ethel M. (Hart) Rice.  Nancy was raised in Bridgewater and then later moved with her Dad to Waltham.  Nancy completed her education graduating from Waltham High School in 1951 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Nancy always had a passion for the arts, an adventurous spirit, a fondness for other cultures, and a curious nature. As a young woman she traveled to Europe where she particularly enjoyed her time in Italy. The museums and architecture made a life-long impression on her.

Nancy worked for many years for the DC Heath Publishing Company where she was credited for her work as a photo researcher on many publications including a textbook about Martin Luther.  She also had personal contacts with museums all over the world for her research and was very well accomplished and respected.

Nancy loved music. Classical music was her favorite and she was excellent at identifying the composers.

Nancy will be remembered for her love of family as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her love for her family was unconditional and she took pride in all of their accomplishments and milestones in life.

Nancy truly enjoyed her retirement with her husband Charles. They loved to walk the beach and shared a love of the outdoors, bird watching, gardening, and spending Saturday evenings out dancing.

Nancy had a creative personality and an open mind and heart.  She was kind, caring, and most of all loving.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Harold Charles Hale, devoted mother of Mark T. Egleston and his wife Elyse of New York, Tracy L. Egleston of Newburyport, Carolyn E. (Hale) Depoto and her husband Marc of Franklin, MA, and David L.  Hale and his wife Sachiko of Japan, loving grandmother of Brian J. Leudesdorf and his companion Megan Thrift, Laurel E. White, Marina M. and Erika N. Hale, Lily D. and Dante C. Depoto.  She was the cherished daughter of the late David K. and Ethel M. (Hart) Rice.

Family and friends  gathered in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Nancy Rice Hale”

  1. L Thomas says:

    with deepest sympathy. May Jehovah God comfort you during this sad time; & the resurrection hope sustain you as Jesus promised in John 5:28,29.

  2. Jonathan Oliver says:

    Dave and Carolyn,

    I was sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a great person. Wishing you peace at this difficult time.

    With Sympathy,

    The Oliver Family

  3. Elaine Maninos says:

    My sincere sympathy to Nancy’s family. I met Nancy many years ago at The Lowell Five. I so enjoyed our talks as she would stop to see me before leaving the bank. She was a special person and I am thankful that I had her in my life for awhile. May God watch over your family through this difficult time.


    Elaine Maninos

  4. The Leav Family says:

    Deepest sympathies. We were so saddened upon news of your loss. Best wishes to Dave, Sachiko, Erika and Marina.

  5. Joan Roberts says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. I hope soon you will remember all the lovely times you had with your mother, her smile tells a lot of who she was. Take care all,

  6. anne white-fontaine says:

    Roger and I are very sorry to hear of your loss.We only visited with Nancy a few times,but found her to be a very sweet lovely woman.Our sympathies extend to the entire family.
    Anne and Roger

  7. Dayle Burkhart says:

    My memories of Aunt Nancy are some of my best childhood and young adult family memories. I could always expect a card in the mail for special occasions. We also enjoyed ongoing “snail mail” correspondence many years ago.

    Mark and Tracy – I’m especially thinking of you at this time.

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