Nancy (Carver)'s Story
Nancy Carver Stickney passed away peacefully in Salem, N.H. on December 10th, 2017 at the GreyStone Memory Care Facility marking the end of a courageous battle with Leukemia and Alzheimer's disease.
She was born in her parent's house on Broad Street in Bethel Maine on July 20th, 1936, the daughter of Irving and Ruth Carver. One of five siblings, she grew up with a vibrant zest for adventure, biking with her younger sister, Catherine to Cape Cod and back as teenagers and skiing Tuckerman's Ravine. Nancy's father passed away suddenly when she was 5 years old and she grew up with her mother taking over the family oil business and setting a strong example of overcoming adversity and achieving success in the face of adversity.
Nancy attended Gould Academy and graduated in 1954. After High School, Nancy attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham studying Physical Education and Recreation while at UNH; Nancy met the love of her life, Wallace Stickney on a blind date in 1955 and they were married on September 1st, 1957. Wally was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and they quickly enjoyed the college life, joining the flying club, fixing and driving the fraternity's 1923 LaFrance ladder fire truck, hauling 30 people to Higgins's Beach in Scarborough, Maine and writing a check to the toll taker on the old Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Although the Greek life drew Wally away from his studies for several years, Nancy graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
After graduating, Wally and Nancy moved to Salem and started their family. Peter, Christopher, Daniel and Adam followed along in quick succession. Salem in the 1960's and 70's was an active, vibrant town transitioning from a sleepy community to a growing bedroom enclave. Despite 4 young sons, Nancy was a full participant in the hustle and bustle. Her activity's were numerous and have continued to have a positive impact on the Salem community. She was a member and Chairwomen of Salem's first Recreational Committee and was on the Board of Director's of the Salem Boy's and Girls Club. Nancy Co-Chaired the Club's Pool Fund Drive and was on the original Planning Committee and the Board of Directors of Salem-Haven. Her son's activities led her to years of volunteer work with the Salem school's PTA, Cub Scout and Boy Scouts and SHS Band Parents.
In the 1980's Nancy continued to work to make things better, serving in the New Hampshire Legislature for two (2) terms. This was during the period when Salem politics ascended to the national stage and Nancy was the strong woman behind her husband as Wally worked in the government from Salem, to Concord and on to Washington, DC. As Wally would accurately recall, folks mostly enjoyed meeting him, but they were always delighted to meet her.
After Washington, D.C., Nancy returned to Salem and continued to volunteer in the community and the North Salem United Methodist Church. For the last 10 years, Nancy faced her challenges with Leukemia and Alzheimer's with great strength and courage, always more concerned with other people than herself and responding with a quiet but firm "I'm doing great!" when anyone asked her how she was - courage to the very end.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Wallace, of 62 years and their four sons, Peter Stickney and his wife, Diane of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Christopher and Melody Stickney of Gorham, Maine, Daniel and Kathy Stickney of Indianapolis, Ind. and Adam and Tracy Stickney of Raymond New Hampshire. Nancy was one of five siblings, Amy Davis of Bethel, Maine, Priscilla Wiley of Newtown, Conn., Catherine and Dick Robie of Ipswich. She had seven beloved grandchildren: Jackie, Morgan, Jennifer, Katie, Riley and Conley. Nancy was predeceased by her brother, Lee Carver and her grandson, Timothy Stickney.
The family would like to invite you to visiting hours on Thursday December 14th at the Carrier Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 38 Range Road in Windham, N.H. from 4 to 8 p.m. A church service will follow on Friday, December 15th, at the North Salem United Methodist Church, 389 No. Main St., Salem, N.H. starting at 10:15 a.m.
For directions or to send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.carrierfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 12, 2017