1935 – 2003

FARMINGTON – Nancy Lou (Corson) Tanguay, 68, wife of John H. Tanguay Jr., passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 28, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Portland on April 9, 1935, daughter of Harold and Barbara (Wilson) Corson, she grew up in Raymond. After graduating from Windham high School in 1953, she was employed by Blue Cross of Maine in Portland. Soon after they were married in 1955, Nancy and John moved to the west coast, residing in San Bernardino, Rialto and Twin Peaks, Calif. In 1989, they returned to Maine and lived in Eustis and Farmington.

In addition to full time motherhood, she was employed with San Bernardino County Hospital, the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, and somehow found time to become one of the top sales representatives for Tupperware. Upon her return to Maine, she was actively involved in the Dead River Historical Society and various community projects.

She developed a life-long interest in collecting and refurbishing model trains and antique sewing machines. An award-winning quilt maker, she became an active member of Stitchers in the Snow and took every opportunity to share her expertise and design techniques with others by hosting workshops and participating in quilt shows. Her artistic talents included ceramics, household crafts, sewing and tole painting.

She is survived by her husband, John; her four children, Laurie Tanguay of Sequim, Wash., Valerie (Tanguay) Masner and Joseph Tanguay of Yucaipa, Calif., and Daniel Tanguay of Woodbridge, Va.; grandchildren, Travis, Joell and Gabriel Tanguay, Krista and Michael Masner, Jessica, Andy, Ryan and Adam Tanguay; sisters, Linda Farwell of Phillips and Elizabeth Wilson of Raymond; half-sister, Marjorie Hansen of Windham; brother Hartley Corson of Randolph, Vt. and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Sally Rogers of Standish.

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