Glenmont, NY – Nancy E. Clifford passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Albany Medical Center with her husband, David at her side. Despite the exemplary and compassionate efforts of the ICU staff at Albany Medical Center, they were unable to overcome the Lord’s call for her to be a beacon until family and friends can join her in eternal life. She always had a smile that would brighten any room she entered.
Nancy was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on March 8, 1943 to the late Alan and Catherine Hardie. When her mother became ill, she assumed her duties and helped keep her family together with the aid of her brothers, William and Bruce. She spent her younger years in banking, retail, and administrative duties for a local automotive dealership. She moved to Minnesota with Richard Chrzanowski, her first husband, and had two sons, Rick and Robert. She worked there in accounting for a large defense contractor until her husband passed away.
At that time, events took place that would be the basis for a fairy tale. Her current husband, David (from New York), was attending a surprise birthday party for his best friend, Chuck (from Arizona), hosted by Chuck’s daughter in Connecticut. Nancy’s brother, Bill (from Massachusetts) was also attending. David asked Bill how Nancy was doing and was told she just lost her husband. Since Nancy was David’s first girlfriend and he was her first boyfriend, David vowed he would not make the same mistake of letting her get away again. Five different states (Nancy was still in Minnesota), a lot of miles, and more than 40 years and the rest is history.
She liked vacations, but was also appreciative of small things that brightened her day. She loved children, gardening, reading, and getting together with friends. She believed in living each day like it was her last. She will be missed by her family and friends, but will always serve as a model that you can find happiness if you never give up.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Family Church in Russell, Massachusetts at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
Interment will be at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.