Nancy Jeanne Cowperthwait (née Hunt), a veteran and longtime resident of Mesa, Arizona, died after a long illness on September 9, 2022. Nancy was born in Concord, MA on January 28, 1938 to John Paul Hunt and Mary Ethel Hunt. (born McDonald). The siblings are Mary, John, Robert, Judith, Susan, Constance, Dorothy, Terrence and Kathleen. Nancy was predeceased by her parents and several siblings. Nancy attended Malden High School (’55) before graduating from Boston College (’59) with a BS in Nursing. Nancy was commissioned into the US Navy in 1959 as a lieutenant and worked as a pediatric nurse until she left the navy in 1963 to start a family. She also earned a master’s degree in education with a major in guidance and counseling from Bowie State University (’75) in medicine. On November 10, 1962, Nancy married the love of her life, William (Bill) Charles Cowperthwait in Okinawa, Japan. Bill preceded Nancy in death by less than two months. In addition to Bill, Nancy is survived by her four children: Christopher (spouse Sheri), Maureen Nemec (spouse Gary), William K. (spouse Catherine) and Daniel (spouse Shelley). She also leaves to mourn many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Nancy was a founding member of St Bridget’s Catholic Church in Mesa. She was very active in her community at Wells in Mesa. Nancy has devoted much of her time over the past 10 years to the Society of St Vincent de Paul as part of St Bridget’s Conference of which she is a past president. While Nancy lived in military housing and raised a family at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, she helped create a program with the Onslow County Department of Social Services to prevent child abuse and neglect, especially among young military families. PEERS still exists today in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. PEERS is a program designed to provide parents with education, empathy, rapport and support. When Bill received a job offer in Mesa, AZ, Nancy joined Bill there in 1986. Nancy continued to work for Parents Anonymous of Arizona until her retirement. Nancy and Bill loved to travel and spent many years traveling the country in their motorhome after retirement. Nancy was a woman of faith, family and country. She loved being a Navy bride for over 20 years and supported her husband and children through many family moves. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St Bridget’s Catholic Church, 2213 N Lindsay Rd in Mesa. A souvenir can be made at the Hospice de la Vallée or at St Vincent DePaul. A joint interment for Nancy and Bill will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a later date.
Posted on September 16, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic
St Bridget’s Catholic Church in Mesa
October 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM