Nancy (Moller) Howland of Bedford MA died peacefully and gently on October 3, 2015. She was alert until the end. Born on April 20, 1915, Nanny loved her 100th birthday celebrations.
Daughter of the late Kenneth Moller and Elizabeth (Sweetser) Moller, she was predeceased by her husband David, and is survived by her daughter Faith of Concord MA, her son Charles P. of Palm Springs CA., many loving nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends.
More interested in others than in herself, Nanny was beloved by all. She had an open, generous, loving heart. Nanny held the world as if it was good and warm and interesting, and the world embraced her. She was blessed with the rare gift of always making the absolute best of wherever life landed her. Nanny never, ever complained. Ever! Nanny loved children's books and Jane Austen. When macular degeneration robbed her of her vision, she sustained her lifelong love of reading through the blessing of recorded books.
An alumna of St. Timothy's School (Stevenson MD), Nanny married David Howland in 1937 and raised her family in New Canaan CT. With a special gift for enchanting young children, she was children's librarian and director of admissions at New Canaan Country School. In 1993 Nanny and Dave moved to Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford MA , where her warmth and kindness found a true home. Her family extends special and grateful thanks to the staff at Carleton-Willard for their unstinting and loving support. She felt embraced by you all.
A memorial celebration of Nanny's life will be held on October 31 at 2:00 P.M. at Carleton-Willard Village. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to Carleton-Willard Home, Inc., 100 Old Billerica Rd., Bedford MA 01730, attention: Barbara Doyle.
Godspeed, gentle and beautiful and beloved Nanny.