QUECHEE — A memorial service will be held at the Quechee Community Church on Tuesday, June 17 at 9 a.m. and at the Medway Community Church, 193 Main St., Medway, Mass. on Thursday, June 19 at 1 p.m. for Maywood Nisbet Giordano, 72, formerly of Atlanta and Boston, who passed away peacefully at her home in Quechee on June 3, with family by her side. Maywood lived a long and joyful life right up to the time of her passing.
She was born July 1, 1941 to John Nisbet and Sarah (“Boo Boo”) Brodnax in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Bass High School in Atlanta, Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina with a B.A. in Theology and Teaching, and gained a Masters in Education at the University of Virginia in 1986.
As a dedicated secondary teacher, she was a strong influence for the school children of Lynchburg, Virginia, Wakefield and Franklin, Massachusetts, and South Strafford. Her teaching career spanned over 30 years, and included one year in the Philippine Islands in 1966.
Maywood married Louis Giordano in Atlanta, Ga. in 1967 and they lived in Boston after their marriage, subsequently moving to Lynchburg, Virgina in 1973. They returned to the Boston area (Franklin, Massachusetts) in 1988 and moved to Quechee in 1995, where they have lived since.
She is survived by her husband, Louis, her four children, Bob Giordano, with wife Judy of Missoula, Montana., Julie Giordano of Bangkok, Thailand, Laurie Toolin and her children, Hailey and Brendan, of Franklin, Massachusetts, and son, Steven Giordano, with wife Katie, and their child Rylan, of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Jan Curtin of Gainesville, Georgia, Jan’s large and loving family, and sister-in-law Annette Giordano of Newark, New Jersey.
Maywood led an extraordinary life, best described as warm, gracious, positive and full of smiles, laughter and people. Her ripple effects have spread far and wide to all that have known her. From always being the on-call hostess to her children’s friends and also their parents, to bringing joy to even the smallest of conversations, Maywood always put other’s needs before her own.
As a role model for living full and well, Maywood serves as an example for overcoming life’s many obstacles. She took great pleasure in the gatherings of family and friends and never wanted to miss a social event. Her vivacious attitude and infectious smile made the world a brighter and happier place.
Maywood passes on many important and valuable qualities to her children, to life long friends and friends of new, and even to staff and volunteers at the many hospitals and clinics that kept her going in her 21-year battle with breast cancer.
Maywood enjoyed traveling, especially with family or to see family. She was a great writer, editor, skit maker, fundraiser, listener, and story teller.
Maywood enjoyed dancing, live music, gardening, a good book and meals eaten slowly, which meant savoring a shared experience with others. She will be missed by many. Rest assured, she is still dancing.
Donations in Maywood’s name can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, or a foundation of your choice that focuses on cancer care, cure or prevention.
This obituary first appeared in the June 12, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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