Nancy West Colby Eddy died on July 15 at her daughter Anne’s home surrounded by her family. She was 92.

Nancy was born in Tisbury, daughter of Alice A. and Robert S. West. She was a 10th generation Islander. Her ancestors can be traced back to governor Thomas Mayhew, who first came to Martha’s Vineyard in 1642.

Nancy graduated from Tisbury High School class of 1943. She worked in Boston for the phone company for several years then came back to the Island and worked for the phone company in Vineyard Haven.

She married William A. Colby, Jr. on September 18, 1949 at his family’s home in North Tisbury.

Nancy was a homemaker and mother to Anne and Jill. She enjoyed taking care of her home and family and getting together with her sister Priscilla, lifelong friend, Agnes Rice and friends for coffee.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1965 and her second husband, Donald Eddy in 2002 and her sister, Priscilla Dickson. She is survived by her daughters Anne Alwardt and her husband Mark and Jill Edgar and her husband Donald all of Oak Bluffs. Five granddaughters, 10 great-grandchildren, niece Linda Dickson Unczur and nephews Bobby and Glenn Dickson.

A graveside service will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit for and information.