Nancy Garrison

November 9, 1923 - April 5, 2013
Nancy Garrison

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Nancy Ward Hall Garrison, 89, passed away peacefully in her home in Hendersonville, N.C. on April 5, 2013 after a long illness.

She was born in Biddeford, Maine on November 9, 1923. She was a 1942 graduate of Thornton Academy Saco, Maine in 1942. As an actor and soprano soloist, her talent led her beyond the Congregationalist Church in Saco to the Portland (Maine) Little Theatre and Arundel Theatre (Kennebunkport). She was awarded Mrs. Maine in 1956.

After relocating to Greenville, South Carolina in 1957, she continued acclaimed performances at The Greenville Little Theatre, earning an Emmy for her portrayal of Emily in ìOur Town.î She gave multiple performances at Flat Rock Playhouse (North Carolina). She anchored ìAround Town with Nancyî on WFBC-TV, Greenville. From 1969-1974 she was head of the dental assistant program at Greenville Technical College.

She is preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings and her first husband, Robert L. Hall. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, William E. Garrison, her two daughters Pamela A. Ellwood and Judith H. Singer; his son C.E. Garrison, and his daughter Susan J. Garrison, M.D.

Her grandchildren include Elizabeth Espinueva, Gregory W. Ellwood and Courtney E. Gazaleh. Great-grand children are Leah Mathis, Philip Mathis, Jr., Greta Gazaleh, and Adelyn Gazlaleh. Her great-great granddaughter is Kaiya Drummond.

A funeral will be held at 3:00 pm Monday, April 8, 2013 in the Remembrance Chapel of Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, South Carolina. Chaplain Alan Taylor, Four Seasons Hospice, will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 pm in the chapel prior to the service.

Donations may be to Transylvania Animal Alliance Group (TAAG), P.O. Box 844, Brevard, NC 28712,,or Eliada Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 16708, Asheville, NC 28816.

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  • April 06, 2013
    Bonnie Gossett says:
    I worked with Nancy many years ago at Greenville Tech. She was a fine woman and instructor.

  • April 07, 2013
    Bruce & Pat Libby says:
    We love and will miss Aunt Nancy and her humor. God Bless!ju

  • April 09, 2013
    Jamarica Jones says:
    Sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my paryers.

  • April 18, 2013
    Tonia says:
    My condolences to the Garrison Family. May the God who supplies all comfort support the family during this time of sorrow; and may you all find joy in his promises soon to come in Revelation 21:4...God will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more and John 5:28,29 those in their memorial tomb will hear the voice of Gods son Jesus and come out. Please read these scriptures along with your personal copies of the bible and for more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to