Nancy Evans Grancey, who for more than 20 years lived in a home overlooking Waquoit Bay, died November 7 in Clearwater, Florida, at the age of 90.
She was the widow of William J. Grancey. They had shared 57 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2008.
Originally from Pennsylvania, she and her husband had a house built on Hamblin Pond while they were living in Acton and planning where they would spend their retirement years. The couple had been interviewed for the Enterprise while their project was under construction.
They were not new to the Upper Cape, as for the previous 13 years they had maintained a summer home on Johns Pond.
Both Nancy Grancey and her husband were graduates of Pennsylvania State University and although they grew up in neighboring towns and knew each other as teenagers, they did not start dating until they crossed paths at Penn State after World War II.
Ms. Grancey was from a family of schoolteachers and started out as an English teacher. Then she entered the business world, running a family heating oil company with her husband. At the time of the April 1986 news article and her husband's recent retirement, she was working for Talbot's clothing store in Acton and was considering a transfer to the Hyannis store when they relocated in their new home that summer. In her later years, she became a real estate professional for her waterfront neighborhood.
She leaves two daughters, Sherry Grancey and her husband, Gary Chag, of Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, and Christa Wakayama of Safety Harbor, Florida; and a grandson, Evan Wakayama.
A celebration of her life will be Thursday, November 14, at 11 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A burial service will follow at 12:45 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.