Nancy Brown Uram

Uram—Nancy Brown Uram, 77, on July 19, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at home in Lincoln, Va. She was born on August 30, 1944, to Howard T. and Myrtle Leonard Brown of Lincoln, Va. After graduating from Loudoun County High School in 1962, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Western Maryland College (now MaDaniel College) in Westminster, Md.

Nancy grew up in Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln. Her Quaker upbringing was central to her life. Nancy and her brother and sisters played with cousins who lived across the fields at Browns’ Farm and at Stone Eden Farm. They would meet at a large oak tree where they could enjoy the creek. They loved hayrides driven by their father. Nancy worked around the family dairy farm and helped to drive the tractor during haying season. She was a graceful skater at the roller rink, an excellent clarinet player, and an ace tennis player. Later, while teaching ninth-grade English in Baltimore, Md., she met her husband, Harry Uram. They had two children, Eric and Jennifer. In 1972, she and Harry built a home on her parents’ farm just outside Lincoln and she moved back.

Nancy was an active member of Goose Creek Meeting and served as the meeting recorder for more than 40 years, keeping meticulous records of births and deaths as well as the membership list. She stayed in touch with many of the members who had moved away. She served as clerk of the Publications Committee for many years. She had a deep understanding of how to communicate the meeting’s news with sensitivity. Each month when the newsletter was ready, she gathered a team to join her in folding and mailing copies to as many as 200 people. In later years, she sent many copies by email.

Nancy was a quiet and unassuming person, with deep intelligence and a delightful sense of humor that accompanied her kindness, patience, and compassion. She was a nurturer, remembered for knitting baby blankets for friends’ grandchildren, teaching First-day school children to knit, creating elegant needlepoint, visiting friends who were older or ill, and writing the most beautiful notes on all occasions. She had a profound interest in her family and friends and shared in their daily joys and sorrows with great compassion. She loved doing needlework and baking cookies with her grandchildren. Her calm and caring demeanor gave her a uniquely warm presence, and she provided comfort and support to all who knew her.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Howard and Myrtle Brown; and a brother-in-law, Rodney Pelton. She is survived by her husband, Harry Uram; two children, Eric Uram (Lyn) and Jennifer Bray (David); three grandchildren; four siblings, Caroline Pelton, Peggy McMaster (Lenny), Douglas Brown (Nancy), and Rachel Flanagan (Craig); and many nieces and nephews.

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