Nancy C. Dunn
COOPERSTOWN — Nancy Louise Carpenter Dunn died Sunday, July 28. She was 85. She died as she lived, with a love of God and family in her heart. A Native Daughter of Cooperstown, Nancy treasured the community here, and she treasured the amazingly lovely landscape where she found reflections of her faith, noting often God at work in her surroundings.
Nancy was born at Bassett Hospital to Beulah Adams Carpenter and Frank Chapman Carpenter on Sept. 21, 1927. She attended school in Cooperstown. She received a white Bible in 1941 as the Edward Clark Punctuality Prize. In this Bible, Nancy noted all her family’s births, marriages and deaths over the course of decades. Nancy graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1944 and had great enjoyment being associated with her class and other alumni.
Nancy eloped with Alton G. Dunn Jr. on Nov.10, 1946, to Williamsburg, Mass. Pastor Ted Conklin consecrated their marriage with their families present in 1947. They had known each other since kindergarten. The Dunns and the Carpenters were together regularly over the years to play music. Nancy and Dunnie had three children, Alton, Bruce and Cheryl. They celebrated and danced at their 50th anniversary in 1996 while surrounded by many friends and family. Dunnie died on Aug. 2, 2003.
As a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, Nancy served happily in many roles, including as a Deaconess and a member of the Women’s Guild. She
sang in the choir for many years. She loved and valued the faith and comfort she found there and she loved the many people in the church community. She deeply appreciated their many involvements in her life.
Nancy worked as the Cooperstown Village Librarian from 1968 to 1988 and she enjoyed working with the public in this position. She furthered the mission of the library by expanding the library into another room, creating a children’s section where she had a regular reading time for the children. When in season, she featured a monarch butterfly habitat to share her love of butterflies with the children. She also introduced the first computer logging system to the library. In 1990, she was honored by the village with the opening of the Nancy Carpenter Dunn Room.
Over the years, Nancy was engaged with many other organizations including the Native Daughters of Cooperstown. She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother. In her early years as a member of the Cooperstown Fire Department Auxiliary, she was often up in the middle of the night boiling big pots of water to make coffee for Dunnie and the rest of the volunteer firemen.
Nancy was the strength that held family together. In her roles as daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Nancy would always strive to create bonds between people. Even in later years Nancy traveled to visit her children, her siblings, her cousins and friends. Known as “Mom” to many of her children’s friends, she was a woman who worked to maintain meaningful contacts between people, in her family, her church and her community.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown, with a reception following in the Baptist Fellowship Hall.
Nancy suggested in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church for property development projects, the Village Library for use in the children’s program, or another charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.