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Nancy Ward Hall Garrison, 89

Nancy Ward Hall Garrison, 89

Nancy Ward Hall Garrison, 89, passed away peacefully in her home in Hendersonvilleon April 5, 2013 after a long illness.

She was born in Biddeford, Maine, on Nov. 9, 1923. She was a 1942 graduate of Thornton Academy Saco, Maine. As an actor and soprano soloist, her talent led her beyond the Congregationalist Church in Saco to the Portland (Maine) Little Theatre and Arundel Theatre (Kennebunkport). She was awarded Mrs. Maine in 1956.

After relocating to Greenville, S.C., in 1957, she continued acclaimed performances at The Greenville Little Theatre, earning an Emmy for her portrayal of Emily in "Our Town." She gave multiple performances at Flat Rock Playhouse (North Carolina). She anchored "Around Town with Nancy" on WFBC-TV, Greenville. From 1969-1974 she was head of the dental assistant program at Greenville Technical College.

She is preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings and her first husband, Robert L. Hall. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, William E. Garrison; her two daughters Pamela A. Ellwood and Judith H. Singer; his son C.E. Garrison, and his daughter Susan J. Garrison, M.D.

Her grandchildren include Elizabeth Espinueva, Gregory W. Ellwood and Courtney E. Gazaleh. Great-grandchildren are Leah Mathis, Philip Mathis, Jr., Greta Gazaleh, and Adelyn Gazlaleh. Her great-great granddaughter is Kaiya Drummond.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Remembrance Chapel of Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, S.C. Chaplain Alan Taylor, Four Seasons Hospice, will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. in the chapel prior to the service.

Donations may be to Transylvania Animal Alliance Group (TAAG), P.O. Box 844, Brevard, NC 28712,, or Eliada Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 16708, Asheville, NC 28816.

A guest book and sympathy cards are available at

Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.