Mildred Whittingham

Mildred “Nan” Whittingham, nee Bottomley, of Providence RI, formerly of Beacon and Fishkill, NY, passed away on May 25, 2015 at the Phillip Hulitar In Patient Care Center, in Providence, following a lengthy illness. She moved to Rhode Island in 2014 to live with her son, Christopher R. Whittingham, and daughter in-law-law, Jean Nicolazzo, and is survived by them and two grandchildren, Charlotte and Nicholas Whittingham, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was married to the late Robert Whittingham for 56 years.
She was born in Bridgewater CT., in 1922, and moved to Beacon, NY, when she was a young child.
Since the 1930’s, she was well known for her devotion to working for the community. During the Second World War, she was on the Bundles for Britain committee in Beacon, chaired by her mother, Glenna Bottomley, sending needed goods to the UK. She served in the Red Cross during the War, and was honored by President Truman for her work. She was a tireless volunteer at the Christ Church United Methodist, in Beacon, where she and her husband were members for many decades. While her son Christopher was in school in Beacon, she served as president of the junior and senior high school PTAs. In the late 1960s, she began to volunteer at the Neighborhood Service Organization, now the Community Service Organization, in Beacon, working with young people and low-income communities. She rose to become the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Service Organization. After her retirement in 1986, she became a member of its Board of Directors. She was instrumental in founding and organizing the Spirit of Beacon Day, for which she received the “Volunteer of the Year” Award in 1995. She was also active in The Beacon Concerned Citizens Group, the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, the Executive Committee of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, the United Way, the Beacon Sloop club, and other organizations. She received numerous awards for service to the community from the several Mayors of Beacon, the County Executive, several Governors, the Community Service Department of the Beacon Tabernacle Church, the community Service Award from the Hudson region of EDFWC, The Brotherhood of Beacon, and many others. She will be missed by the many whose lives she touched.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Christ United Methodist Church 60 Union St. Beacon, Reverend John Ceasar will officiate.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the directions of Jarett D. Quick of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831-0179.
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Date Of Service
Saturday, June 13, at 1:30 pm

Location Of Service
Christ United Methodist Church 60 Union St. Beacon

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  1. Cathy Smith Sandfod says:

    Dear Chris, Jean and family, I am very saddened to hear of Nan\’s passing knowing her all my life her and Aunt Sue were the greatest and Uncle Vince too of course. I will miss her very much. I missed seeing her after Sue passed and then Uncle Vince. She was always there to lend them a hand also if they needed it. She was a great gal. I\’ve been in Port St Lucie Fl. now for 25 years. I know all the wonderful memories of her and your Dad and the family will keep you going. She lived such a rewarding life with all her charities. I wish you all well. Hope to see you some time. Take care, Cathy [Boop]

  2. Bob Sandstrom says:

    May light perpetual shine upon her.

  3. Cheryl Powell Alston says:

    Christopher, thank you so much for sharing your mother with us for so many years at the NSO. She was a big inspiration in our community. That was my first job and Mrs. Whittingham was a great mentor. I will never forget her. May soul rest in peace. May God comfort you and your family. God bless.

  4. Rollin & Sandra Bartlett says:

    Chris & Jeanne, Charlotte & Nick – Our thoughts and prayers travel with you on this journey – spiritual, personal, geographic all. May you travel safely in the loving care of of Our Father and each other. We wish you well and look forward to your return to Providence. With love, Sandra & Rollin

  5. Gail Hennessey says:

    My sincere sympathy for the family of Nan Whittingham, and she will be greatly missed.

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