Nancy E. (Belden) Griswold, 83, a lifelong resident of Keene died unexpectedly on April 10, 2020, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health.
Nancy was born the daughter of the late Elsie (Stewart) and Merritt Belden on Oct. 16, 1936, in Lebanon. She attended local schools and graduated from Keene High School class of 1954.
On November 17, 1954, she exchanged vows with Weston F. Griswold. They were married in a simple ceremony with close friends and family present. Their first home was in Bermuda where they lived for three years.
Nancy was employed at Keene State College as a secretary in the Continuing Education Department retiring in 1999. She had previously been employed at Yankee Lanes where she coordinated youth bowling leagues. An avid bowler herself, she competed in state and national tournaments.
Nancy was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Keene for many years. She was a longtime member of the Red Hats Society. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, bowling, knitting and took great pride in her home. Her favorite trips were traveling to Bermuda with her sister-in-law Tammy to connect with old friends. Nancy was a collector of all things but especially treasured the friends she gathered along the way.
She is survived by her husband, Weston F. Griswold of Keene, three children, Timothy M. Griswold and his wife Denise of Phoenix, AZ. , Dawn M. Griswold and her husband Scott of Southaven, MS., and Scott W. Griswold of Keene; her siblings, James Belden and his wife Nancie of Keene, Martha Silk and her husband Robert of Keene, and Brenda Wirein and her husband Donald of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren Jack Staples of Southaven, MS., Owen Staples of Southaven, MS., and Ryan Griswold of Phoenix, AZ. In addition, she is survived by an aunt Mary Munn of Lebanon; sister-in-law Tomasa Lafreniere of Keene; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. She was predeceased by a sister-in-law Carol L. (Griswold) Bone of Rockford, IL.
In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service is planned for a later date and will be announced on the funeral home website and in the Keene Sentinel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Nancy E. Griswold to the
First Baptist Church
97 Maple Ave.
Keene, NH, 03431
Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, NH, 03446.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories in Keene.