Nancy Winterbottom of Brookline and Vineyard Haven died in her sleep on August 17 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs. She was 81.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1934 to Lawrence and Hazel Winterbottom. After graduating from Tisbury High School in 1952 she attended University of Massachusetts Amherst for two years, transferred to the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, and then continued her education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College. She spent her nursing career at the New England Baptist Hospital and for most of her life traveled the United States and abroad pursuing her interests in birding, hiking, and skiing and an appreciation of classical music.

Nancy was an active member of the United Parish in Brookline and a Red Sox season ticket holder for over 40 years. She was a member of the Bosox Club, the Brookline Bird Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Audubon Society, Brookline Symphony Orchestra and a friend of the Mount Auburn Cemetery. She spent many years volunteering at Boston Symphony Hall and for the Town of Brookline.

Nancy will be missed by her only sibling, Judy Hathaway of Edgartown; her nieces Karen Ames and her husband Mark of Sandwich, and Molly Hargy and Wendy Hathaway of Edgartown;and her two great-nieces, April Hargy of Allentown, Pa. and Samantha Hargy of Edgartown, as well as many dear friends.

A graveside service for the burial of her cremains will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Cemetery on State Road in Vineyard Haven, officiated by Rev. Dr. Roger Spinney.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Jimmy Fund, 44 Binney St, Boston, MA 02115, Alzheimer’s Research, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Visit for an online guest book and information.