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Nancy Kelly McCarthy

November 17, 2019

Nancy Kelly McCarthy,Nancy Kelly McCarthy, 81, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, NY.

Born in Lowville, NY, Nancy graduated from Lowville Academy & Central School before receiving her NYS Registered Nurse license following graduation from The House of the Good Samaritan Hospital Nursing School where she worked as an RN until leaving to raise her and John's four sons.

Nancy was a loving and caring daughter, mother, sister and wife full of spirit, devotion, humility, and humor. Her ability to confront adversity and life's challenges was only exceeded by the compassion she shared for those she believed less fortunate. Nancy was a music lover and in her younger years, a very respectable piano player. She and John together worked to provide opportunities for their sons, years ago renting a cottage on Lake Ontario, trips to baseball games in Toronto and a few trips farther from home. Nancy was a devoted mother and wife! Nancy and her family are members of Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Watertown.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her loving husband of nearly 59 years John Paul McCarthy and their loving sons Matthew and Joseph McCarthy, both of Watertown. Her sisters Marylou (Tom ) Powlin, Watertown, Kathy Kelly (Len Weiner) Syracuse, brothers Fred (Neva) Kelly, Montana, Bob (Cheri) Kelly, Lowville, and Richard (Liisa) Kelly, Massachusetts. Also, Aunt Anna McCue Gordon, Uncle Paul (Pauline) McCue, Aunt Dot McCue, cousins, nieces and nephews. Also, brother-in-law Joe (Josie) McCarthy, sisters-in-law Margaret (Al) and Ada (Jimmy) McCarthy.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents James and Mary (McCue) Kelly, sister Joan Kelly, and sons Michael and Daniel McCarthy.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at 11 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, MSC, pastor, presiding, followed by burial in Martinsburg Cemetery. There are no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to Northern New York Cerebral Palsy Association, 714 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Nancy's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#10 Allen Williams 2019-11-21 11:40
I am so sorry to read of Nancy's passing. I used to visit the farm with my grandparents Carl and Lillian when I was young and had many happy memories. Each time as an adult when I met Nancy at a family function it was as though we had been together the day before even though it had been years. My deepest condolences to all the family. Allen Williams
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#9 PJ Vandermill 2019-11-20 20:02
John and family, I clearly remember, even as a young boy, how kind and caring Nancy was. So sorry for your loss. PJ Vandermill
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#8 Joe and Pat Gravelle 2019-11-20 11:59
John, we are so sorry for your loss. Nancy was a lovely person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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#7 Joan Schantz Freeman 2019-11-20 06:29
Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Nancy was a classmate at LACS.
we had many good times together. Blessings to all Joan
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#6 Joan Schantz Freeman 2019-11-20 06:20
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Nancy was a classmate of mine at LACS. We had many good times together. Blessings to all. Joan
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#5 Laura Mccarthy 2019-11-19 18:13
Nancy was a rare gem in this world. She was a daughter,sister ,wife,mother,au nt and treasured friend. Sh was love ,compassion and unselfishness beyond measure. She faced life's troubles with faith and love. John and her boys were her first priority but there was always room for friends and family. She made the best carrot cake in this world. God has sent for her to help him with his flock knowing her love was boundless.
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#4 Carol Tiffany 2019-11-19 09:32

My deepest sympathies to the family. Nancy was very special to me. Her compassion for a new mother whose two month old baby needed skull surgery will never be forgotten. Heaven has another rose for its bouquet. Rest In Peace Nancy.
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#3 Barb Baldwin 2019-11-18 22:55
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barb McDonald Baldwin
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#2 Dr VandeWall 2019-11-18 17:00
A very loving and devoted mother and caregiver who gave her life for the care of her children. Her family was her life. Dr. V
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#1 Jim Williams 2019-11-18 15:13
John and Family: I very sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy. Sending our thoughts and prayers. Jim williams
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