Nancy L. (Nesbitt) Hirst

April 24, 1946 ~ March 14, 2021 (age 74)

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Nancy Lynn Hirst

Of Port Crane

Nancy Lynn Hirst, 74, of Port Crane, NY went to God on March 14, 2021 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer just over 5 weeks after losing her husband of 52-years John Marshall Davis Hirst.  Loving mother of Bradley (Frances) Hirst, Brenda (James) VanAbs and Suzanne (Dennis) Gates. Cherished grandmother of Kurtis, Kira, Stephanie, Alee, Alexis, Alex, Sabrina, Philip and Bradley.  Great-grandmother of Arianna, Harper, Hanna and Wesson. Dear sister of Gary (Carol) Nesbitt, Gail (Bob) Turner, Gloria Carlyle, Cathy Nesbitt and Dorothy Nesbitt.  Predeceased by parents Eugene and Viola Nesbitt, sisters Sally (David) Downing and Barbara Manley and brother Eugene Nesbitt, Jr. She will be missed by her large and extended family.

Nancy was born April 24, 1946 in Apalachin, NY, growing up in Candor, NY and graduating from Candor High School.  She is also a graduate of Broome Community College and dedicated most of her life to the care and welfare of children.  She provided daycare services in her home for 21 years before retiring after 17-years as an early childhood development teacher at the Jewish Community Center of Binghamton.  Nancy was a member of the North Fenton United Methodist Church, serving as Lay Servant, Sunday School Superintendent and many other leadership positions.  She was also active in the United Methodist Women, serving as local, District and Conference President and Dean of Mission U.  She was a member of the Harpursville Fire Fighter’s Auxiliary, Home Bureau and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America. In September 2020, the Assembly of New York State recognized her achievements as a 2020 Women of Achievement Honoree on behalf of the Broome County Status of Women Council.  In addition to her philanthropic work, Nancy enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling around the world.

Private Funeral Services will be held at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street Harpursville.  Private burial will be in Maine Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home on Fri. from 5 to 7 p.m.  (Please follow all CDC and Social Distancing guidelines).  In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to the North Fenton United Methodist Church, Harpursville Fire Fighter’s Auxiliary or the American Cancer Society’s Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House in Rochester, NY. (donate3.cancer.org).

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March 19, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home
69-71 Maple St
Harpursville, NY 13787

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