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Nancy Spicer McCurdy

Born July 24, 1925

Nancy Spicer McCurdy, a 57 year resident of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, January 18, 2017. She was 91 years old.

Nancy was born Alma Eula in Charlottesville, VA on July 24, 1925 to Garland Hanes and Roberta Gay (Carpenter) Spicer of Charlottesville, VA.

She graduated from Lane High School in 1942 and attended Lynchburg College then graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) with a B.A. in Education in 1946. Upon graduation, she taught English then was employed as a technician at the Textile Research Institute (TRI). She soon moved to New Jersey when TRI relocated, and there, in a local church choir, she met and married Wallace McCurdy Jr. on September 4, 1954. In 1959, they moved with their three children to Newark, DE where Wallace joined the faculty at the University of Delaware (UD).

Music was a particular passion of Nancy’s, beginning with many years of piano instruction during childhood, singing in church choirs and studying music theory and composition at UD during her later years. She also loved all things British and made several trips to Europe. Nancy devoted herself to raising her children, volunteering at church and supporting her husband in his various endeavors. She had a lifelong love of cats, teddy bears and chocolate.

As a college student, she joined the Kappa Delta Sorority. In the 1980’s she became a staff member of the Pastoral Counseling & Consultation Centers of DE. In later years, she was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni at UVA, a patron of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and the Newark Symphony Orchestra and a Friend of the Grand Opera House (Wilmington). She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark.

She was predeceased by Wallace in 2013 and is survived by her children: Laurie McKelvie and husband Bill of Shippensburgh, PA; Martha McCurdy and husband Peter van Kan of Madison, Wisconsin; Alan McCurdy and wife Linda of Johns Creek, GA She was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.

Blessed are those who walk hand in hand with goodness . . . Psalm 1

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon, January 28, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 West Main Street Newark, DE. Interment will be held privately in the Monticello Memory Gardens, Charlottesville, VA.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Newark Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 7775, Newark, DE 19714-7775.


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5 Condolences for Nancy Spicer McCurdy

  • Dear Laurie, Martha, Alan: my heart goes out at your loss. I know you will miss your mother. I remember so well her gracious sweetness, her generosity to me as a child and a grownup. What a time we shared. Love to all and to all the children.


  • My deepest sympathies to Nancy’s family.

    I enjoyed knowing and loving Nancy as neighbors. I will remember her as a gentle lady with a quick mind and a kind heart.

    Nancy was blessed with three children who stayed close through the years. God bless you all.

    Lynn Ruffing

  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss and wanted to share the bibles hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there will be no sickness pain or death right here on earth according to revelation 21:3,4 under God’s kingdom please read these along with your bible and may the god of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement

  • Alan and Family – I’m sorry to hear the loss of your Mother; our Mom passed just last year. my sincere condolences.
    High School Friend, Joan Tupin

  • Laurie, Martha, Alan
    My sympathies to you on the loss of your mother. Your family had been wonderful neighbors to my grandparents many years ago.
    Jane Tupin