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Obituaries » Nancy Lannefeld Tate

Nancy Lannefeld Tate, 77, of Delaplane, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017.

She was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1940, in Arlington, Massachusetts. She was the second of four daughters of Theodore Eugene Lannefeld and Margaretha Grace (Simkins) Lannefeld.

Her early years were spent in Massachusetts, where she graduated from Lexington High School. Summers were spent in Chester, New Hampshire, on a farm and later in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on the river.

She graduated from Washington Bible College with a degree as an elementary school teacher and later earned her master’s degree from George Washington University in telecommunications. Mrs. Tate retired from AT&T after 30 years of service, as one of the first female financial engineers.

Mrs. Tate was a devoted grandmother to Emily and Cole Johnson and Rachael, Courtney and Erika Harrington. She regularly volunteered at Claude Thompson Elementary School in the library and worked as a substitute teacher. She also volunteered in her neighborhood and church community. She was known for her baking skills, cake decorating for special occasions, making applesauce, jellies and jams. Her hobbies included gardening, refinishing furniture, ceramics and stained glass. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include her two daughters, Marcia Johnson and Diane Harrington (James); two Johnson and three Harrington grandchildren, her three sisters: sister Judy Klinger (Herbert) and their children; Greg Klinger (Lindsay) and their children Owen and Signe; Laurie Murphy (Daniel) and their children Samantha and Margaret: sister Susan Watt (Donald) and their children; Duncan Watt (Jeannette) and their son Liam; Brendan Watt (Lindsay) and their children Brody and Harper; Allison Watt (Joshua Goodman): sister Leslie Moore Lewis (Paul) and their son Paul, Jr. and son Christopher Moore (Forest) and their children Ferris and Nikolai.

The funeral will be held at Rectortown United Methodist Church on Friday, December 1, 10:30 a.m. Interment service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Quantico National Cemetery, where she will be buried beside her late husband John Tate, who died on April 1, 2017.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Claude Thompson Elementary School at 3284 Rectortown Road in Marshall, Virginia 20115 for the benefit of the library fund or to Rectortown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 301, Rectortown, Virginia 20140.
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