July 13, 2020

Nancy Ward Urban


Nancy Ward Urban, 70, of Rehoboth, MA, died peacefully on Friday, October 11, 2019 at her beloved antique home in Rehoboth surrounded by her two sons and husband. She endured a ten-year struggle with Dementia. She was the wife and soulmate of Martin P. Urban. Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late James T. & Hazel V. Ward.

Nancy had a passion for history, genealogy, travel, and animals. She raised Golden Retrievers, owned and rode horses, and had many cats over a 35-year span. She did much research on the history of her home, family, and the Town of Rehoboth, working with E. Otis Dyer for over 20 years cataloguing the town’s newspaper articles. She traveled to Ireland many times in search of her ancestral roots.

She was the co-owner of Country Reflections, an antique and folk art shop in Rehoboth for 10 years. She was a past member of the Rehoboth Garden Club, The Carpenter Museum, past secretary of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, a member of the local horse club: Horses and Adults, a den mother for Cub Scouts Pack 2, and a member of the National Preservation Trust. She was a licensed travel agent, working with Anchor Travel of Pawtucket, RI. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Seekonk, MA.

In addition to her husband, she leaves a brother, Barry Ward of Norfolk, MA, a daughter, Colleen Fitz and two grandchildren of Dunbarton, NH, a son Andrew and his wife Dr. Nichole Grenier of Saunderstown, RI, and a son, Michael of Worcester, MA. She also leaves her new family member Bailey II, the cat.

Her Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with burial in Stevens Corner Cemetery will be private. Calling hours have been respectfully omitted. As Nancy's final gift, her brain has been donated to Mass General Hospital Dementia Research. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Mass General Hospital, Dr. Dickerson Lab, Dementia Research, 149 13th St., Suite 2691, Charlestown, MA 02129. (Please memo: Nancy W. Urban in your donation). Online donations may be made in Nancy’s name, directed to Dr. Dickerson Lab at http://www.giving.massgeneral.org/donate. Arrangements have been entrusted to J.H. WILLIAMS & CO. FUNERAL HOME. For online messages of condolence, kindly visit www.jhwilliamsfuneralhome.com. 


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