Virginia Vose Nicoll - age: 91
(December 08, 1926 to July 25, 2018
Arrangements are entrusted to Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home and Cremation 365 Main St, Saco, Maine 04072.
Virginia Vose Nicoll (neé Alice Virginia Vose) died peacefully at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco, ME on July 25, 2018. She was 91 and had been in declining health for several months. A widow, Virginia—or Gini, to family and close friends—was predeceased by her loving husband, DeLancey Nicoll III, on July 20, 2009, just three months shy of their 56th wedding anniversary.
Born in Boston on December 8, 1926, Gini was the only child of Jessie Fleming and Fullerton Chandler Vose. After graduating from high school, Gini left New England to attend Rollins College in Orlando, FL. Although she did not receive a degree from Rollins, she maintained a life-long friendship with her college roommate. This was characteristic of Gini, who was an exceptional and loyal friend to many, maintaining close contact through letters, cards, and phone calls. However, she never embraced email!
Gini met her future husband at a Labor Day party at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. They were married on October 17, 1953 in Marblehead and lived briefly in Norfolk, VA until DeLancey’s separation from active duty in the US Navy. They then moved to Jackson Heights, NY with their infant daughter, Leslie. In their early years in NY, Gini worked as a buyer for Bonwit Teller and Lord & Taylor. After the birth of their second daughter, Jessica, the family moved further east on Long Island, settling in Bayport, their home for more than 20 years.
Gini loved to entertain, decorate, and shop, and was a gracious and welcoming hostess. Family and friends have warm memories of many happy holiday celebrations, which always included roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, a family tradition that continues to this day.
In 1967, Gini and DeLancey bought a summer home in Meredith, NH and retired there permanently in 1981. While in Meredith, their heretofore hidden entrepreneurial spirit came out when they founded “My Mother’s Potato Masher.” The business was truly unique: They hand-assembled authentic reproductions of an antique potato masher that had been in Gini’s family for generations. At its peak, the masher could be found in the Vermont Country Store catalog and at Cracker Barrel gift shops throughout the US. It was positively reviewed by Pierre Franey in the New York Times. They sold the business in 2003 when they moved from NH to Scarborough, ME, this time to retire for good and be closer to their daughters.
Later in life, Gini rediscovered her love of creating original art. Her award winning oil painting, “Radishes” always had a place of pride in her home and was in her view when she died at Seal Rock. Other hobbies included being an avid reader and bridge player, which she often noted was the only game that she would play.
Gini is survived by her daughters Leslie Hayde Nicoll and Jessica Fleming Nicoll, sons-in-law Tony Jendrek and Tom Myron, and grandchildren DeLancey Nicoll, Hannah Catherine Nicoll, and Vivian Vose Myron. There will be a private burial at a later date at the Nicoll family cemetery on Shelter Island, NY. The family extends grateful thanks to the caring and compassionate staffs of Seal Rock and Hospice of Southern Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gini’s memory can be made to the Portland Community Free Clinic, 103 India Street, Portland, ME, 04101, or online: https://pcfcme.com/donate-now/