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Nancy Ray Plantinga


Nancy Ray Plantinga, 93, died at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, New Hampshire on June 15, 2023, following a period of declining health. She was born on February 4, 1930 and was the daughter of Kenneth and Grace (Head) Simmons.

She was raised in Fall River, Massachusetts and attended Fall River Schools, graduating from B.M.C. Durfee High School.

Among her proudest accomplishments was establishing the first homeless shelter in Plymouth. She also served on the board of Tri-County Community Action (CAP), a social services organization, where she helped people with fuel assistance and other needs.

Nancy was a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church (the former St. Marks) in Ashland. She attended Church of the Holy Spirit in Plymouth for forty years. Nancy enjoyed singing, arts and crafts, needlework, dancing, and motorcycle riding through the woods.

She was predeceased by second husband, Thurston Plantinga; first husband, Russell Kydd; daughter, Susan Blodgett; grandson, Kenneth Blodgett; and sister, Jeanne Gatten. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Kydd, of Plymouth; son, Russell Kydd, of Massachusetts; and by numerous friends, including Elsa Turmelle, Patsy Kendall, and Eleanor Plummer, all of Plymouth.

Calling hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue, Ashland, from 6 to 8 p.m on Wednesday, June 21. Services will be held at Emmanuel (St. Marks) Episcopal Church, 18 Highland St., Ashland, on Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. Internment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy’s memory to: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Ashland; Plymouth Area Community Closet and Fuel Assistance, Plymouth; or Bridge House, Plymouth.

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