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,www.taagwags.org,or Eliada Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 16708, Asheville, NC 28816. www.eliada.org.