Nancy H. Griswold

Nancy H. Griswold 92, of Cranston, died on April 20, 2019 at the Scandinavian Home.

Born in North Attleboro, MA, to the late Ronald and Marguerite (Sherman) Hall, she lived in Cranston and Warwick most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, David F. Griswold; her son, Peter M. Griswold; and her sisters, Marjorie H. Davis and Marilyn H. Swanson. Nancy is survived by her son, David A. Griswold, of Bethesda, MD and by loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Nancy graduated from Cranston High School in 1944 and, decades later, helped to plan reunion events on her class Reunion Committee. She was also a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School. Nancy was employed as an executive secretary for 35 years at Brown, Lisle, Cummings in Providence. A member of the Church of the Ascension, Nancy was an active Bible study participant and for many years coordinated the parish’s annual Episcopal Charities drive. She served on the Board of Directors of the Cranston Historical Society and as a tour guide at the Governor Sprague Mansion, and was a member of the Warwick Great Books Club.
She had a gift for drawing, a love of art, poetry and music, and a quick wit that brought smiles to any circle she was in. Nancy knew that life’s rewards are found not in wealth and material comforts but in loving relationships and the gifts of God’s creation. Her great sources of delight were spending time with family and friends and enjoying the natural beauty of Rhode Island, especially its beaches.

Her funeral will be held on Friday April 26th at 11:00am in the Church of the Ascension 390 Pontiac Avenue Cranston RI 02910. She will be buried with her beloved husband at the RI Veterans Cemetery in Exeter. Visiting hours will be held Thursday April 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to the Church of the Ascension Memorial Fund

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Sylvia DiFonzo - 04/23/2019

Dear Nancy’s Family and Friends: I had the pleasure of knowing Nancy
Upon beginning my first full-time position at Old Stone Bank. Nancy was
Secretary to a Senior Executive and I was her back-up and was introduced to her wonderful wit and delightful sense of humor...example: her comment
On my demure summer dress one day was....” Now aren’t you you have pants to match!?”

That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Weren’t we lucky to
Know and love her!

My deepest sympathy to all who loved her.

Sincerely, Sylvia

Mark and Louise Joyce - 04/24/2019

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May she rest in eternal peace, and may your many wonderful memories of her and your family give you comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate her life,

Mark & Louise Joyce

John O'Leary - 04/24/2019

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. I am so sorry for the loss. May happy memories help to reduce the sadness that you are now experiencing.

James Norberg - 04/25/2019

My condolences to the Griswold Family. I did not know Nancy. However, I did know her two sisters and their family’s. That gives me a good indication of Nancy’s personality. May your family treasure all the special memories you shared through the years.

Mignon Lawson - 04/30/2019

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your family member and friend. Words cannot express the pain and sorrow you feel. The God of all comfort understands your pain and is near to those broken hearted and crushed. He will be a source of comfort to you at this difficult time.- Psalms 34:18; 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. May your hearts find peace and comfort from all those around you.

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