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Nancy Ellen (Paul) West

Updated: Jun 21


Williamsburg – Nancy Ellen (Paul) West, 93, passed away peacefully at Linda Manor on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Nancy was born January 5, 1928 in Warren, Maine, and was the daughter of the late Reverend Charles D. and Esther (Morgan) Paul. She grew up in Southern Maine before moving to Russell, and then Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended grammar school in Russell and Westfield High School, and graduated from Amherst High School in 1946. She then attended Miss Barker’s School in Springfield, MA and was employed as a nanny. Nancy married David E. West in 1950 and they spent 70 wonderful years together in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, where they raised three daughters. Nancy was a member of the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg and its Women’s Fellowship, the Williamsburg Grange, and the Williamsburg Historical Society. She was actively involved in her community as a member of the Mothers’ Club, a Girl Scout leader, a member of the church choir, and a Sunday School teacher. She was instrumental in establishing the Hilltown Cooperative Kindergarten in 1964.


Nancy supported her beloved husband, David, while he owned and operated the West Clothing Center in Florence, MA for over 25 years, while she excelled as a homemaker. Throughout her life, Nancy enjoyed traveling, dancing, doing handcrafts, reading, and doing genealogy research. She especially loved the ocean and enjoyed vacationing in York Beach, Maine, with her family, a tradition she was raised with and passed on to her daughters and grandchildren. Nancy has been blessed with a large and loving family, and she will be remembered as a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by devoted husband of 70 years, David; her daughters: Lisa West and her husband Thomas of Hadley, Pamela Watson of Allen, Texas, and Jeana West of Williamsburg; her grandchildren: Lila West of South Hadley, Diana West of Hadley, Timothy Watson and his wife Megan of Richmond, Virginia, Grace Stanek of Williamsburg, and Alyssa Stanek of Williamsburg; her sister-in-law Carol Paul of Florida; and her extended family: Richard West and his wife Diane and their children Tristan, Megan, and Stephanie of Hadley, Jennifer West of Northampton, Margaret Lyman of Amherst, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Andrew Paul of Florida. Nancy’s family would like to thank Afrike and Samantha for their loving and compassionate in-home care, Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice Care for their support throughout Nancy’s journey, and the staff at Linda Manor for their wonderful care. Donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg or the Highland Ambulance Service.


Calling hours for both David and his wife, Nancy (who passed away February 17) will be held on Friday, June 25, 4-7PM at The First Congregational Church of Williamsburg, 4 N Main St, Williamsburg, MA. Their memorial service for both Dave and Nancy will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 2PM in the church. Williamsburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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