Nancy Reed Smith

Jan 29, 2021

Nancy Reed Smith of Wareham, made a peaceful passage from her home on January 13th. She was the daughter of the late Helen R. and Peter S. Reed of Shrewsbury. She graduated from Bancroft School and Vermont College, attended Clark University and was a lifelong resident of eastern Massachusetts.

Her early life was characterized by newspaper reporting and editing and when not working, she demonstrated her enthusiasm for a panoply of sports, including car racing, mountaineering, skiing, sailing, kayaking, and scuba diving often acting as a teacher to others along the way.

During the time she raised her son, Scott, as a single mother she became proficient in the exacting worlds of typesetting and silversmithing. She demonstrated extraordinary volunteerism on behalf of Scott including scouts, youth ice hockey, US Naval Sea Cadet Corp, Sunday school, farm leagues, and summer camps ensuring he had extracurricular opportunities in his life. It was also a period of her life where she cultivated her enduring spirit of service to others. She even demonstrated her service over the airways as a CB operator assisting those in need and eventually moving on to become a Federally Licensed Amateur Radio Operator. Until the end of her life, she remained active in several ham radio clubs and contributed to communications at charity events.  

She was often seen with knitting needles in hand, making sweaters, mittens, hats, and scarves or bowed over a table sewing or painting clothing, donating the goods to others who could enjoy them.

She nurtured her spirituality and celebrated her love of music through Unitarian Universalist church choirs and the Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center Circle of Music Program.  An annual highlight was her volunteerism in the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a venture that also allowed her to satisfy her enthusiasm for travel.

Her wide circle of eclectic friends will dearly miss her enthusiastic and resolute spirit. Her twin sister, Judith Reed Arashiro, predeceased her in 2020. In addition to her son, she is survived by her brother, Peter C. Reed, and her sister, Lucinda Sanders, two nieces, Ashley Sanders Blenk and Christina Sanders, one nephew, Timothy Arashiro, and one great-nephew, Thomas Joseph Blenk III, aka, Tripp. 

A celebration of her life will be held at Ferry Beach in August. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to a scholarship set up in her name, The Nancy Smith Ferry Beach Circle of Music Scholarship at

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