Nancy (Anna Snow) Leeson
ROCKPORT — Nancy (Anna Snow) Leeson, 90, died at home July 19, 2012, surrounded by members of her family. Her indomitable spirit, zest for life, and unwavering loyalty to family and friends endeared her to everyone who came to know her.
Nancy was born in Boston, Mass., on July 15, 1922, to Anna Wheeler Snow and William B. Snow, a successful businessman and banker. She attended Park School in Brookline, Mass., Winsor School in Boston, and Westover School in Middlebury, Conn. She graduated from Simmons College School of Nursing in Boston. She was married three times: to Bartlett Harwood Jr. of Boston, Mass., with whom she had six children; to Raymond H. Carter of Princeton, N.J.; and, later in life, to A. Dix Leeson of Westwood, Mass. She was devoted to her husbands, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She loved her homes and the communities she was a part of in Rockport; North Haven; Naples, Fla.; Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Princeton, N.J.; and Orford, N.H. She had lifelong close relationships with extended family members, cousins, and numerous friends from Maine to Florida.
She was an enthusiastic and spirited tennis player, swimmer, sailor and bridge player. She was proud of her family’s long history in Boston, which includes signers of the Declaration of Independence, and a passenger on the Mayflower. She was particularly proud of her work as a nurse on the cancer ward at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She was a longtime member of many clubs, including Megunticook Club of Rockport; North Haven Casino of North Haven; Camden Yacht Club of Camden; Chilton Club of Boston; The Country Club of Brookline, Mass.; Port Royal Club of Naples, Fla.; Naples Yacht Club of Naples, Fla.; and Colonial Dames. She was a generous supporter of many charitable organizations, including, in recent years, The Apprenticeshop of Rockland and The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor. She served on the governing boards of Dexter School, North Haven Casino and The Apprenticeshop.
She was predeceased by her parents, her three husbands, her brother, William B. Snow III, and her daughter, Gail B. Harwood. She is survived by five children and their spouses, Leelie and Wells Dow of Princeton, Mass., Anne Harwood and her husband, Thomas Foote, of Bowdoinham, William Harwood and his wife, Ellen Alderman, of Yarmouth, Hilary Harwood of Camden, and Lt. Col. Bartlett Harwood III, USMC (retired) and his wife, Meredith Harwood, of Orford, N.H. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be a service celebrating her life at the Camden Congregational Church in Camden on Friday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. Following the service there will be a reception at the church. Gifts in her memory may be made to The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, or The Apprenticeshop, Rockland, Maine.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.
To sign Mrs. Leeson’s Book of Memories, please visit www.bchfh.com.