On Saturday August 4th around 6 am, Nancy Ann Lindsay (nee Nancy Ann Maynard) passed away peacefully. She lived a long and fruitful life, and touched many with her generosity and empathy. She had an incredible knack for getting along with people of all ages, races and walks of life because of her genuine love and care for her fellow human beings. She loved to laugh and tell stories, and she loved to listen to the thoughts of others. She knew what she believed was right and wrong and she wasn’t shy about expressing her opinions. At the same time, she never judged or looked down on anyone.She got along just as easily with preachers or punk rockers.
She approached every experience in life with courage and the contentment that comes with being prepared for anything. She had many joyous and many painful experiences over the course of her life. She embraced both without flying too high, or bending to self-pity. She ran forward towards every life experience with passion and a “can do” attitude.
She rode her bike everywhere into her 60s. She prided herself on being self-sufficient and her love of hardwork. She had a young person’s spirit every day she walked the earth.
She loved dancing at the Savoy, running track, John Lennon and other music, and Mets baseball. She always dreamed of being able to sing, and that was just about the only thing she couldn’t do.
She was a mother to William and Charles Lindsay, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt and a friend to many.
She was my grandmother, my mother, my father, my confidant, my advisor, my play mate, my oracle, my therapist and most importantly my best friend. She never became rich or famous, but the world is a better place for her having been here. I challenge myself and anyone reading this to learn from her example.