OLD SAYBROOK, Connecticut — A Memorial Service, to be announced through the Hartford Courant, will be held at a later date for Nancy Bernice Rowe Patenaude, 83, who died April 30.
She was born in Windsor on Oct. 23, 1930, daughter of Malcom Lewis Rowe and Doris Eudora Dana.
Nancy grew up in Woodstock, where she graduated from Woodstock High School, the Class of 1948. She received an Associate’s Degree from Green Mountain College in 1950.
She married the late Richard Sheldon Patenaude in 1951 and they lived together in Kittery, Maine, before moving to Old Saybrook, Connecticut in 1961.
The life that Nancy Patenaude lead is best summed by her often used encouragement, “Do good!” She enriched her own life, and that of others, through volunteerism, directing her energy and passion to serve her community. She volunteered for: the Old Saybrook Ambulance Association, the Connecticut Master Gardener Program, Common Good Gardens, formerly known as the Soup Kitchen Gardens, the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, the Girl Scouts of America, the Offices of Culture and Tourism and many others organizations in the shoreline area.
Nancy was an accomplished and lifelong gardener, knitter, quilter and crafter. She was an avid reader, a writer, a musician, a champion of education, and a dear friend.
Nancy is survived by two daughters: Michelle Patenaude and Melissa Patenaude Friend; three grandchildren: Dana Emily Rozanski, Joseph Patenaude Friend and Nicholas Carey Friend.
She was also predeceased by one son, Stephen Dana Patenaude who died in his infancy.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Common Good Gardens, PO Box 1224, Old Saybrook, CT. 06475 or Heifer International at www.heifer.org.
This obituary first appeared in the May 8, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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