Margaret (Nancy) Black Dooley, a longtime resident of Longmeadow, died on Thursday, Nov. 17, at The Reserve assisted living facility in East Longmeadow, with her family by her side. She was 89.

Born in Auburn in 1927, Nancy was a 1949 graduate of the College of Our Lady of the Elms. She met her husband, Bob, while coaching girls basketball in Spencer. They married in 1952 and raised six children in East Longmeadow and Longmeadow.

She became a committed teacher who touched the lives of many children. She taught kindergarten in Springfield for more than 20 years at Sixteen Acres and Brightwood elementary schools, contributing to groundbreaking work in all-day and bilingual kindergarten.

From 1978 until 1994 Nancy and Bob enjoyed summers on Martha’s Vineyard. They retired to East Falmouth in 1995. In retirement, they wintered in Stuart, Fla.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Robert V. Dooley, in 2006. She is survived by her children: Robert V. Dooley Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Seaside, Calif.; Mary Beth Dooley Horsington and her husband, John, of Syracuse, N.Y.; James Dooley and his wife, Geralyn, of Monson; Jane Dooley Rossi and her husband, Daniel, of West Tisbury; Joan Dooley Moore and her husband, John, of Roanoke, Va.; and Kate Dooley Winans and her husband, Thomas, of Conway. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Christopher and Sarah Dooley; Megan Horsington Pareja and her husband Amaru, and Kathleen and Molly Horsington; Ryan Rossi and his wife Ellen and Ben Rossi and his Jessica; Erin, Kasey, and Jack Moore; and Jake and Hannah Winans; as well as four great-granddaughters: Kira Pierce and Kaylei, Alaina, and Sloane Rossi. She also leaves her sisters, Rosemary Riordan and her husband John of Worcester and Elizabeth Brooks of Middleboro, her sister in law, Marjorie Renaud, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

The Dooley family thanks all the compassionate professionals who took loving care of Nancy at The Reserve assisted living.

A memorial service for Nancy will take place at a later date, which will be announced.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Elms College Development Office, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA 01013-2839, or Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 50 Maple St. Springfield, MA 01102. Arrangements are under the care of Lombard Funeral Home,