January 13, 1927 ~ November 17, 2020

Born in: Bridgeport, CT
Resided in: North Branford, CT

Nancy Sherlock Stead Duble passed away peacefully in her home at Evergreen Woods, North Branford, CT on November 17, 2020. She was born on January 13, 1927 in Bridgeport, CT to Frederick Stead and Ruth Harvey (Haskell). She graduated from Saint Thomas’ School, Rowayton, CT in 1945 and Colby Junior College (Colby Sawyer College), New London, NH in 1947. After college, Nancy worked as a travel agent at American Express in New York City until she married Peter Wright Duble in 1952 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, CT.
Nancy and Peter established their home in North Haven, CT, where she became extremely active in the greater New Haven community. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America/Connecticut Chapter, the Junior League of New Haven, the Garden Club of New Haven, Ridge Road School PTA, and the New Haven Lawn Club. She worked at Talbots in Hamden for 10 years. More recently, and probably the service that gave her the most joy, was her years serving as an active volunteer at the Creative Arts Workshop and a key facilitator of their annual Celebration of American Crafts holiday sale.
Nancy loved people and was genuinely interested in their stories. She was beautiful inside and out, and always chose to be happy, no matter what life threw at her. She was a gourmet cook and an ardent gardener. She loved parties and entertaining her family and many friends. Nancy loved art, nature, museums, and fashion; she had a flair for style. She traveled extensively throughout her life to Europe, Africa, China, Hawaii, and throughout the USA and the Caribbean. She especially loved the HF Bar Ranch in Saddlestring, WY, where she spent part of every summer riding, hiking, fishing, and enjoying the majestic Big Horn Mountains. She played tennis and paddle tennis, and enjoyed walking, sailing, and skiing.
Nancy’s greatest passion was her family. She leaves three children – David Quinby Duble and his wife, Victoria Rock, of San Francisco, Sarah Duble Goodale and her husband, David, of Kauai, HI, and Chris Duble and his wife Kathleen (Benner) of Boxford, MA; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Trainer Thompson, of Pittsfield, MA; seven grandchildren – Quinby Duble, of San Francisco, Antonia Duble, of Portland, OR, Abigail Purcell, of Jackson Hole, WY, Peter Purcell, of Lake Tahoe, CA, William Purcell, of San Francisco, Liza Duble Tassinari (John Tassinari) of North Reading MA, and Tobey Duble of Boston; and two sisters-in-law – Nancy Duble Becker, of Seattle, WA, and Terry Stead, of Northfield MN. Her son, Peter Wright Duble, Jr., predeceased Nancy in 1989.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Garden Club of New Haven, PO Box 6197, Hamden, CT 06517. Arrangements will be with Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

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  1. Running into Nancy always meant a cheerful greeting from her and brightened up my day. Her smile and enthusiasm will be very much missed.
    My condolences to her family, John Deming

  2. Sarah and all members of the Duble family –

    Your mother was always a cheerful, smiling addition to any group. She was so energetic and giving of her time to the Garden Club and her many friends. I will really miss her. I can’t believe she’s gone. With love — Martha O’Reilly Alexander

  3. I loved everything about Nancy. She was shining example of aging with beauty, dignity, humor, and grace, and always working in service to others.
    I have missed her. The last time I saw her was on Mnt Riga in tight white jeans. I LOVED it! Always stylish!!!!
    And I never knew that we went to the same college.
    She is in the wind now, sprinkling all that beauty and love down upon the world. Wearing something fabulous.
    My love and regards to all of her beloveds. You brought her such joy.

  4. So very sorry to hear this sad news… Invariably stylish, well put-together and up- beat… Nancy was the best example I know of the phrase ” When life gives you lemons… make lemon aide!” Always perky, upbeat, and interested in others, she was a loyal friend to my mom, and to many at Evergreen Woods… I have so many memories of her, going all the way back to visiting the young Duble family on top of Mt. Riga, many, many years ago… ! Or, more recently, as an enthusiastic salesperson at CAW.. Or, (snoozing! ) at the Symphony..! (Ha! ha!) It was always a pleasure to see her, and I will really miss her… Sadly, Jenny

  5. To the Duble Family,

    Nancy lit up a room with your laughter and love. I so admired her interest in learning something new every day and her passion for life. I also loved how she had touched so many people’s lives and could remember each person (and also their family members). Possibly the most fun was game nights with Nancy, my Dad and the whole family – it hurt to laugh so much!

    Thinking of you all and sending you my love.


  6. I loved Nancy, she was such a vibrate positive person and always made time to talk with you. She will be profoundly missed by the entire greater New Haven community!

    Love, Karyl Evans

  7. Chris, Sarah and David –
    Our whole family was so very sorry to hear about your Mom – she was an incredible and very lovely lady, as you know well, and we loved chatting with her over the years as she went by on her daily walks here in North Haven. Hope all of you and your families (all grown up now!) are okay – I know you will miss her and cherish your wonderful memories……please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad and difficult time.
    Much love,
    Lynn Gabbard

  8. We send our heartfelt condolences to you, David, Sarah, and Chris, and all the greater extended family, in reflecting on your mother’s passing. She was one heck of a great person. From the time I was a child, I always loved being around her, infected by her vitality, cheer, boundless energy, kindness, generosity, and passion for life. Mom and I both feel so very fortunate to have had some quality time with her over many Friday luncheons at the Lawn Club over the past 20 years. May she rest in peace now, continuing her love of travel into the great galaxies of the heavenly realm. Peace be with you.
    With all good wishes and love, Cynther (Cynthia) Greene, Vermont, and Betty Greene, Hamden CT.

  9. I met Nancy over40 yrs ago,playing in the ladies round robin tennis at the lawn club. She stood out,amongst all, because of her inner glow,warm smile and warmth.that has never changed. We have worked on projects together in Garden Club and a few times I employed her I. My flower business If I had a wedding that was very large. I recall she helped with Joe Leibermans sons wedding (40 tables and 12 bridesmaids). Nancy was the only one of us who didn’t appear tired when we were through.
    Her outer beauty was a plus to her inner beauty, her interest and warmth was something I will cherish forever. I know her chronological age,but her “aura age” was about 40 years. I will miss her so much.

  10. Dear Dubles: Amanda just sent this news and I was sorry to hear it. Thinking of you all as you grieve a continent apart. Being one of the youngest of the 8 Griggses, I feel like I missed out on so many Duble adventures. But your presence was a constant in our lives. I did get to Mt Riga once and I remember a sailboat getting loaded up for an adventure at the end of the dock. Your mom’s energy and laughter captivated me and I remember giggling from the sidelines. Be well, Dubles all! Melinda

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