OBITUARY: Nancy Hunter Cameron DeWilde, 86

SUN CITY CENTER, FL — Nancy Hunter Cameron DeWilde, 86, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away May 29, 2020 after a medical emergency. She had family by her side. Born in Union, Maine, Nancy spent her childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., attending PSA 102 and Fort Hamilton HS. Nancy was in the class of 1955 at the University of Maine, Orono, where she met her husband of 56 years, John DeWilde, who predeceased her.

Nancy worked in pathology labs at Eastern Maine general hospital, Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Salem Hospital in Maine. She raised three children in Hillsboro, N.H., and Wilmington, Mass., while being very active in both communities. Along the way she had leadership roles in Hillsboro Fortnightly Women’s Club, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Wilmington Recreation Dept., Wilmington Methodist Church, and was on the BOD for HAWC (Help for Abused Women and Children). She also had several different jobs in Wilmington as the children got older.

Nancy enjoyed her summer home on Seven Tree Pond in Union, Maine, throughout her life.

After John’s retirement from GTE, John and Nancy traveled throughout North America via RV for 13 years. They then bought a waterfront home in Sun City Center, FL. There Nancy and John were ambulance drivers and first responders for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. In addition, Nancy was very active in SCC Mac Users Group and Shuffleboard Club. She was also an active HAM radio operator and a CERT and hospice volunteer.

She was physically active her entire life, and especially loved playing volleyball (was president and treasurer at SCC for many years) and pickleball (on the board of that club, also), playing both sports up until she passed.

Nancy loved dancing as well as music and was in several choirs.

She was known to be very friendly, fun, up for anything, including being a bit mischievous. She will be fondly remembered by people she touched everywhere she went.

Nancy is survived by daughter Catherine and husband Michael Lyons of Marblehead, Mass.; daughter Jennifer and husband Harold Caswell of Cape Elizabeth, Maine: son Richard and wife Brenda DeWilde of Wendell, N.C; her grandchildren: Stephanie Lyons, Cameron and Cole Caswell: and her loving partner of the last few years, Gene Brookhart.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Gifts in memory of Nancy can be made payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine 04469-5792 or online at for the John A. and Nancy Cameron DeWilde Fund.

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