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Nancy Douglas

Nancy J Douglas (Rector)

September 15, 1938 - March 6, 2020
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Nancy J. Douglas, 81, of Skyline Dr., Morrisville, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.
She was born September 15, 1938 in Clinton, AR, a daughter of James Gower and Frances Ruffin Rector. She was a graduate of Central High School in Little Rock, AR, Lindenwood College in St. Louis, MO and received her Masters Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. She studied health radiation at the University of California at Berkley where she helped to develop the mammogram. On July 7, 1962, Nancy married Henry I. Douglas in Arkansas. They moved to Morrisville in 1964 where she started her career teaching math at the Rome Free Academy. She was a substitute math and chemistry teacher at Morrisville-Eaton Central School, and later, was a professor of physics, chemistry and math at SUNY, Morrisville from 1972 until retiring after 28 years. She also taught acoustics there when SUNY had an instrument repair course. She loved to play the piano, and following her retirement, was part of a 50’s group who went to fairs and played out of the back of a truck. She also played the clarinet.
Nancy was a member, elder and clerk of the session of the Morrisville Community Church; and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Surviving are her husband, Henry; her children, Susan and Brian Bristow of Sacramento, CA; Carol and Dawn Woods Douglas of Morrisville; grandchildren, Abi and Matthew Bristow of Sacramento, CA; Logan Misorek of Morrisville; sister-in-law, Beverly Marolf of NewHartford; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Rector.
Memorial services will be held at 11am Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Morrisville Community Church, Swamp Road, Morrisville.
Interment in the Village View Cemetery, Morrisville will be private at a later date.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 31 Cedar St., Morrisville on Friday from 6-8pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Morrisville Community Church, PO Box 178, Morrisville, NY 13408.
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  • Visitation

    March 13, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    March 13, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes, Inc., Morrisville
    31 Cedar St.
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  • Memorial Service

    March 14, 2020 | 11:00am
    March 14, 2020 11:00am
    Morrisville Community Church
    Cedar Street, PO Box 178
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  • Interment

    Village View Cemetery
    Christian Hill Rd.
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Matt Bell

Posted at 11:01am
Carol, so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Know that you are in my thoughts at this time of sorrow.

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James Anthony

Posted at 10:54am
My sincere sympathy to all of the family. We have such wonderful memories of Nancy and Hank's trips to Baltimore to hear my brother's and my organ recitals at St. John's Episcopal Church. She was a wonderfully generous human being and we cherish her memory. Jim Anthony

Emily Marshall

Posted at 09:45am
All of us at Emily Marshall's office would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Douglas family. Nancy will surely be missed. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Emily Marshall

Posted at 09:43am
All of us at Emily Marshall's office would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Douglas family. Nancy will surely be missed.

Canastota Community Band

Posted at 08:08am
The Canastota Community Band would like to offer our condolences to the family of our former member Nancy Douglas. She was a valued member of our group for many years and a very talented musician. She will be missed by all.

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