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Nancy L. Edwards

Obituary for Nancy L. Edwards

August 29, 1937 - July 6, 2016
New Hope, Pennsylvania | Age 78


Nancy L. Edwards passed away on July 6th, 2016 at her home in New Hope after battling ALS for close to two years. Nancy Louise Blimline was born in Philadelphia on August 29, 1937, the only child of Arlington Sebastian Blimline and Marjorie Brown Blimline. From an early age she displayed a talent for art and a restless imagination that often played out in stories, plays, and paper dolls.

She attended Girls High and then Penn State where she majored in education and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, graduating in 1959. After teaching elementary school in the Abington area for two years, Nancy signed on with the US Department of Defense Dependents Schools system in Europe, and was assigned to the small town of Baumholder, Germany. There she met her husband-to-be, then-Lieutenant Robert H. Edwards of Trenton, NJ. They would remain married for over 53 years. Their son Robert Scott was born in 1963 and their son Douglas Keith in 1971.

Nancy and Bob spent 23 years as an Army couple, with assignments in Georgia, North Carolina, Hawaii, Ohio, Virginia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. Nancy was a consummate Army wife, holding down the fort during her husband's numerous deployments including two tours in Vietnam, and managing a daunting array of responsibilities including being the spouse of a battalion commander, an intense job that included mentoring young military wives.

In the late Seventies Nancy revived her interest in art and began a highly successful second career as a decorative painter, beginning with Pennsylvania Dutch "tole painting" and then expanding into rocking horses, stick ponies, carousel horses, and children's furniture and wall hangings. Returning to Pennsylvania after her husband's retirement, she started a business called Painted Ponies, where her one-of-a-kind rocking horses were a specialty, as well as full-sized hand-carved wooden carousel horses, and many other innovative designs. Her gorgeous, colorful work was highlighted in many publications, sought after by collectors, and featured in displays in Manhattan stores including Ralph Lauren and Macy's. Nancy loved the challenge of creating new designs, often made to order for customers, and enjoyed nothing better than handcrafting beautiful artwork that brightened the lives of children. Her legacy as an artist is in the homes of those children. There could be no better gallery.

Nancy is survived by her husband Robert H., her son Douglas K., her son Robert S. and his wife Ferne Pearlstein, and their daughter Eloise Edwards, her only grandchild and the light of her life, on whom she lavished love and affection, bringing to bear all her experience as a teacher and an artist. Nancy and Bob lived in their house on Stoney Hill Road in New Hope for 28 years, where they welcomed the permanence and stability after more than two decades of nomadic life as an Army family. All who knew her will attest that Nancy was the warmest, kindest soul and one of the most generous, loving, and selfless people anyone would ever have the privilege to meet. She was a tremendously gifted artist, an exceptional mother, and a phenomenal grandmother who passed along to her sons and granddaughter her love of art, her sense of humor, and her innate kindness, all qualities which they can only hope to live up to. She was endlessly imaginative and creative with games and activities and art, and gave us all the priceless feeling of being unconditionally loved and of total encouragement. These are gifts that can never be repaid, only passed on, following her example.

Nancy will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the University of Pennsylvania ALS Clinic, 330 South 9th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107-6130, which provided wonderful care for her during her battle with that terrible illness.

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