Nancy Jean Foote Meszaros died Sunday May 1, 2011. The Timonium, Maryland resident was 84.
Nancy was born in Geneva, Illinois on September 24, 1926 to John Handley and Margaret Clark Foote. When Nancy was four, the family moved toPotsdam where her father joined his father-in-law, Horace Clark, in the family furniture and funeral businesses. In the early 1930s, her father built the family camp on Higley Flow in Colton, the pine-nestled retreat, 'Footesteps,' which would remain her "favorite place on earth" and an integral connection with the North Country for the rest of her life. A 1944 graduate of Potsdam (NY) High School, Nancy earned her B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University in 1948, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
After leaving Canton, she worked as a psychiatric social worker for the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene's Pilgrim State Hospital onLong Island. She performed follow-up care and evaluation for discharged patients on Long Island and in New York City until 1953, when she left to start a family. This choice to work in social advocacy set the foundation for her volunteer life: one of service to her church, community and those in crisis.
Once her children began school, she worked as an elementary substitute teacher for the Smithtown (NY) School District. When her children entered college, she began a second career with retailer Macy's, retiring in 1993.
Nancy served the First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown for 54 active years: as elder, circle member, Sunday school teacher and leader, bell choir musician, elected member of Session, and as organizing pioneer of the Vacation Bible School. She served her Presbytery on the Council of Women as the Networking Representative on Domestic Violence Awareness.
She served her community as a Girl and Cub Scout leader, a proactive PTA member, and a charter member of the Smithtown Branch of American Association of University Women. She worked on behalf of the neediest as a volunteer with the SmithHaven (NY) Ministries food pantry and Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry.
Nancy enjoyed painting watercolors, gardening, and walking at Smithtown's Long Beach. After her move to Maryland in 2008, she joined the HavenwoodPresbyterian Church and continued her active life.
Nancy is survived by daughter, Linda M. Davis and her husband Charles of Lutherville, Maryland; son Joseph D. Meszaros and his wife Margaret of Springdale, Arkansas; and sister Suzanne F. Ramsdell and her husband Robert of Pittsford.
A graveside memorial service is being held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. The celebration of life for loved ones and friends will continue after the service at the family camp on Higley Flow in Colton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Natural History Society of Maryland, P.O. Box 18750 Baltimore, MD 21206-0757.