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September 10, 2023
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Kenyon, Nancy Brewer. Having led a long and full life, Nancy Brewer Kenyon passed away peacefully at home in Aurora, NY on September 10, 2023. Born in Elizabeth, NJ as the youngest of five children to Harry and Florence (nee Shreve) Brewer, Nancy is survived by her children Randall Jr. (Wendy), Nancy Kenyon, Charles (Deborah), Katherine (Christopher) Bailey, and Gregory Lee Kenyon; by 10 grandchildren and by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Ever the adventurer, Nancy left the East Coast after graduating from high school and moved to San Francisco where she worked for Bell Labs doing research on sonar systems during WWII. She returned home to New Jersey a few years later, and continued to work for Bell Labs until, after the end of WWII, she met and married Randall Kenyon of Hilton, NY, her husband of 64 years until his passing in 2010. While raising a family, Nancy was active in the League of Women Voters in Snyder, NY and in Medfield, MA, where she served as chapter President.
Although still needing to meet the demands of raising her children, Nancy longed to attend college. In the 1970’s she became one of the pioneering women to enroll later in life. Nancy earned an AA degree at Pine Manor Junior College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and graduated with a BA from Wheaton College, in Norton, MA, at the age of 53. While an undergraduate, she also attended Ershad Damavand College in Tehran, Iran, when her husband Randy was transferred there for his job at GTE, taking courses from the daughter of Margaret Mead, among others. In 1981 she earned her MA degree in psychology from Boston College.
Nancy had a brief career as a counseling psychologist, working at a mental health facility in Natick, MA, where she introduced art therapy as a viable treatment option. When Randy was transferred to Los Altos, CA, Nancy left her counseling position and took the opportunity to focus on her love of watercolor painting, a passion she continued into her early 90’s. Nancy created over 200 works which are proudly displayed, with love and affection, in the homes of her children and grandchildren, thus providing a legacy for generations to come.
Services and Recognition: The family will hold a private ceremony to celebrate Nancy’s life. Recognition by others can be provided in the “Tribute Wall” below. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent in her name to:
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