Nancy Boatwright Moss

Published 11:38 am Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nancy Boatwright Moss, 90, formerly of Buckingham, died peacefully in her sleep September 14, 2015 at The Woodlands, in Farmville. She was the daughter of the late John Baker Boatwright, Sr. and Grace Nalle Jones Boatwright of Buckingham Courthouse,  and the niece of Dr. Frederic Boatwright, former President of the University of Richmond.

When Nancy was 12 years old she met the love of her life, J. P. Moss, III (Jack) who was 13 years old, while bike riding in Buckingham Courthouse.  Jack thought Nancy was a boy since she had coaxed her father to let her cut her hair like a boy. He soon found out that he had also found the love of his life.

After graduating from Buckingham Central High School in 1942, Jack and Nancy eloped in July and Jack then joined the U.S. Army.  Nancy followed him to Texas, Colorado and finally to California where he was sent overseas.  Upon conclusion of World War II they returned to Buckingham and lived there except for a few years spent in Arlington. 

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Nancy worked in courthouse positions until finding her true vocation working for Dr. William and Dr. Margaret Pennington.  Her membership in the Buckingham Book Club, which lasted for over 50 years, brought such joy to her as did her membership in Maysville Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include her daughters, Diane M. Andrews and  husband, Andy of Farmville, and Donna M. Glenn and husband, John Ronald of Lanexa; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven nephews; one niece and a brother-in-law, Charles Sidney Moss (Pete) and wife, Norma of Midlothian.  She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, John Baker Boatwright, Jr. and Major Frederic Boatwright; two sisters, Louise Broome and Carolyn Rice (Budge), and two nephews, James Rice and John Baker Boatwright, III. 

Those who knew Nancy admired her great wit, intelligence and sense of humor.  We would especially like to thank the Flora King family, Andrea, Debra and Nina and the staff of Brookview Lodge who cared for her with love and compassion. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 3,  at 3 p.m. in Maysville Presbyterian Church, Buckingham Courthouse,  with reception to follow. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Buckingham County Friends of the Library, P O Box 5, Dillwyn, VA 23936 or Maysville Presbyterian Church.

Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is in charge of arrangements.