Nancy B. Brumley


Nancy Brumley died March 10, 2011, in Vineyard Haven of complications from dementia. She was 85.Nancy was born December 14, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Gladys and Robert Blair.

She married Corwin “Coke” Brumley on September 18, 1948. After an extended sailing honeymoon, Nancy and Coke settled in the Rochester, N.Y., area and built a family summer cottage on Canandaigua Lake which is still enjoyed by their children and grandchildren. Corwin died in 1978.

Nancy graduated from Wellesley College in 1948. She was a homemaker who loved children and volunteered her time to teach them to read, to swim, and to enjoy the outdoors. She competed successfully in both tennis and ice skating, including national honors in ice dancing.

Nancy moved to the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven in 1998 to be near her sister Sally Coker and her brother The Rev. William C. Blair and his wife, Kits, a childhood friend of Nancy’s.

Survivors include Nancy’s sister, Sandra Blauvelt, of Larkspur, Cal., the youngest of seven siblings, Nancy’s daughter Sally Keller of Eugene, Ore., sons Blair Brumley of La Jolla, Cal., and Dan Brumley of Walworth, N.Y., and Lorient, France, and grandchildren Kinsey, Adrienne, Aziliz, and Alexander .

A memorial service will be held later. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole and Gleason of Martha’s Vineyard. Remembrances to Finger Lakes Land Trust, Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp, or a charity of your choice.