Nancy Stafford Boston, age 89, of East Falmouth, MA, passed peacefully in her home on Nov. 4, 2019 in the company of loving family. She was the daughter of Birtwell Stafford & Eleanor Davis (Lowe) Priest & stepdaughter of Hart Jarvis & Margery Worth Beach.
Nancy was born in Fall River, MA. She grew up in Glastonbury, CT. She attended House in the Pines Boarding School in Norton, MA, a member of the Class of 1947. As much of her youth prior had been spent learning the art of horsemanship, there, she excelled as part of the Equestrian Team & won many awards in that field. She was also a member of the Ski Team at House in the Pines. She later attended Hillyer College at the University of Hartford.
Nancy was the founder & operator of Twickenton Kennel. She was breeder & professional handler of her Champion line, Twickenton West Highland White Terriers for over 50 years. In 1965 she opened Twickenton Dog Grooming Shop in Dedham MA, which is still in operation today. Later she opened & operated another grooming shop, Nancy B’s Dog House, in Falmouth, MA. Nancy was a past Vice President of the West Highland White Terrier Club of New England.
For over 30 years, Nancy was an active volunteer in & around the town of Falmouth. She volunteered in the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce. She worked tirelessly with & for the Falmouth Service Center, in the Food Pantry, as well as their Emerald House Thrift Shop. She participated in & helped to coordinate many events in support of the Service Ctr. She was a supporter & advocate for West Highland Rescue efforts nationally & locally, as well as an advocate for dog rescue & shelter animals everywhere. She was an avid birdwatcher who catered endlessly to flocks of her backyard birds. A lover of all animals, she also supported & advocated for Wildlife Preservation both nationally & internationally. Her love of horses continued when in later years she constructed a stable in Dover, MA where she owned, trained & boarded horses. There, she & her children rode & competed in clubs & shows & enjoyed endless trail riding.
Nancy as well enjoyed world travel whenever she had the chance. Her travels brought her east to west in the US & from Alaska to Africa, to Europe. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, the NE Patriots & the Boston Bruins, rarely missing a game.
Nancy enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her loving family & friends. She was blessed with many, who were so dear & so caring for her.
Nancy is a descendant of Ann Marbury Hutchinson whose statue stands in front of the State House in Boston.
Nancy is survived by her children, Stephen M. Boston & wife Susan of Medfield, MA & her daughter Gayle Boston Santello & husband Peter of Marion, MA., her sister Linda Harrop & husband Donald, of Westport, MA, her grandchildren Brianna Nancy H. Viera & husband Kenneth of Rochester, MA, Chad Boston Santello & wife Amber of Fayetteville, NC, Patricia Boston Poulson & husband Ben of Hudson, MA & Blake Boston of Marlborough, MA. & 2 great grandchildren Patrick & Gabriel Boston. She was predeceased by her brother, Pvt 1st Class USMC John E. Stafford 3rd & wife Barbara, & her sister Susan Stafford Perkins.
A Memorial Service to which friends & relatives are welcome will be held Nov. 23 at 1:00 pm at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 Rte 28A, West Falmouth, MA. A private burial service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Marion, MA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.