Nancy Thomas Argeris (1945 - 2016)
HAWLEY - Nancy Thomas Argeris, 70, of Hawley, MA was born on October 6, 1945 in Elizabeth, NJ, and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 9th, 2016. She was a dedicated mother to her daughter, Alexandra Edmonson, and a loving wife to her husband, Michael Naldrett.
Growing up in Deal, NJ she enjoyed summers on the Jersey shore and winters at the family's Okemo Mountain get-away as an avid downhill skier. She attended Green Mountain College in Vermont, continued her education at Greenfield Community College, and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts's University Without Walls.
Nancy owned and operated two clothing boutiques, Turtle Bay in Windsor Locks, CT, and Wildflowers in Charlemont, MA, both of which reflected her unique sense of style and fashion. Following retail, she worked for two decades at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA where she was able to share her love of history and early American artifacts. Nancy also volunteered for many years at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA and was an active member of a local Emily Dickinson study group. She served on the Local Cultural Council for several terms bringing the arts into Charlemont and Hawley. She was a long-time member of the Sons & Daughters of Hawley, as well as a participant in the revival of Hawley's Pudding Contest. Nancy's interests were focused on her arts and cultural appreciation. From her father, she developed a love of classical music and opera and regularly attended the Mohawk Trial Concerts in Charlemont and the MET Opera broadcasts at the Memorial Hall Theater in Shelburne Falls. She was a longtime member of both the Gather Round Singers in West County and the Charlemont Federated Church choir. Some of her hobbies included stained glass, calligraphy, gourmet cooking, quilting and learning Spanish, as well as exploring different media at the Art Garden in Shelburne Falls.
Her home reflected her love of antiques, the arts and hand blown glass. Nancy was known for, and entertained, her many friends with her warmth, kindness and quick wit. She was a beloved member of the woman's friendship group, The YaYa Prom Queens, with whom she enjoyed and carried out hilarious hijinks, themed parties, birthday celebrations, and loving, supportive friendships for over three decades.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Michael Naldrett, her daughter, Alexandra Edmonson, her mother, Bette Cocalis Argeris Blanc, her stepfather, Franklin Blanc, her sister, Stephanie Argeris Ugalde, her brother-in-law, Julio Ugalde, and her sister-in-law, Jeanne Argeris. She is also survived by 4 nieces, 2 nephews and 4 grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Stephen Argeris and brother, Dana Argeris, both of New Jersey.
Nancy's family and friends extend their appreciation to her caregivers, Linda Rowland and Torie O'Dell, whose dedication to Nancy has showed us all the beauty of love and care for those in need.