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Nancy Colby

Nancy (McBride) Colby

Sunday, October 14th, 1934 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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It is with much sadness that we share the news that longtime Warren resident Nancy McBride Colby passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, with family at her side.

The daughter of Helen (Roberts) and Henry McBride, Nancy Ann was a fifth generation Vermonter who was raised on the family’s dairy farm in South Hero. After graduating from Burlington High School she married Lambert Jerome “Jerry” Aske Jr. and resided on Shelburne Point where they raised their three children, Wendy, Karen and Eric. In the 1960s, the family built a ski home in the Mad River Valley and Nancy instilled a love of the mountains and skiing in her children from an early age. For several years they lived in Jeffersonville, where Nancy became a ski instructor.

Nancy had energy and enthusiasm to spare. She was the kind of mother who ferried her kids to ballet, horseback riding lessons, band practice and Little League. Her grandchildren recall how she would help stage elaborate backyard productions with intricate costumes she had fashioned out of the bottomless dress-up collection in the basement or take them on adventurous hikes and picnics.

In 1976, Nancy married Theron “Tom” Colby, residing in East Warren where their large and cherished circle of family and friends has grown steadily ever since. A special shout-out goes to their core posse, The Geezers -- you know who you are.

Those who knew Nancy, and recently shared their sympathies with her family, all touched upon the same themes -- that she was a very energetic soul who led a life brimming with countless friendships, activities, accomplishments and, most importantly, laughter. A close friend summed up some of those attributes beautifully: Nancy was an instigator -- a devil, a party girl, a generous friend and a people magnet. She irritatingly forgot nothing, had instant recall of old jokes, humorous situations, intricate love triangles, the names of friends’ children and their ages. In addition, she was smart! She was good at cards. She could write full sentences backwards, forwards and in mirror image using either hand. She could play a brass instrument.

Amongst other things too numerous to list, Nancy was a Warren selectman, a justice of the peace, a notary public, a real estate broker and volunteer and donor to a multitude of meaningful causes.

Nancy was not one to sit back and observe life; she was a world class traveler who lived life to the fullest. From the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, The Galapagos to New Zealand, Nancy had a thirst for adventure -- there was nowhere too far or inconvenient. She greatly enjoyed gardening, admiring and supporting the arts, devouring literally thou-sands of NYT crossword puzzles and novels. From her loyal aqua aerobics following to her book club and bridge group, she was a woman who thrived on friendship and keeping active. And nothing made Nancy happier than hosting large gatherings of family and friends for delicious holiday feasts or the annual distribution of hundreds of Christmas cookies. She made over a dozen different varieties each year -- we all had our favorites!

Nancy is survived by her husband Theron “Tom” Colby of Warren, VT; children Susan “Wendy” (Aske) Brauer of Warren, VT, Karen (Aske) and husband Tim Simmons of Norfolk, UK, Eric Aske and wife Sara-Inés (Fariña von Buchwald) of Boston, MA; grandchildren Lauren (Tompkin) and husband Crawford Apple- by of Los Angeles, CA, Charles Tompkin of Shelburne, VT, Charlotte (Simmons) and husband Peter Reynolds of Kendal, UK, Ellen (Simmons) and husband Philipp Hamann of Cologne, DE, William Simmons of London, UK, Magnus Aske of Boston, MA; great-grandchildren Ruby and Isla Hamann and William Appleby. She is also survived by her siblings Susan Crowley of South Hero, VT, and Henry McBride Jr. of Climax, NC, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother William McBride.

In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, her family looks forward to a celebration in her honor when it is safe to do so. Until we can all be together in person and give Nancy the very big toast she de- serves, please know that the outpouring of sympa- thies to the entire family has been overwhelming, heartwarming and very much appreciated.

We loved your legendary spirit, Mom -- and so did The Valley!

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Central VT Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 ( would be greatly appreciated. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
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Elaine Shapiro

Posted at 09:22pm
Dear Family of the late Nancy Colby,
My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your dear Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, sister and friend.
I met Nancy over 30 years ago becoming one of her aqua aerobic students and then friend. Nancy was so welcoming and friendly to me as a second homeowner in The Valley. We enjoyed a few outings together, a picnic at Texas Falls and some snowshoeing days to name a few, with many laughs I might add. I will cherish all the good memories that were made over the 30 years and will miss her wonderful friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
Elaine Shapiro
Warren and Framingham, MA

Mary Hill

Posted at 08:55pm
Love to all of you. I knew Nancy when I was a first grader in Shelburne without any friends. I had just moved from South Burlington. Karen and I became besties and Nancy was a strong presence around the Aske house. She gave us kids a lot of freedom too. I remember her hair in a long dark braid down her back, or with a Jackie Kennedy style scarf, picking us up in her orange VW microbus. Both of our mothers were strong and creative. We were lucky to have courageous mothers with a passion for theatrics and fun! When I moved to the Valley in 2000 she rented the A-Frame to me and my young family at the "family rate". My thoughts are with you all. Love from Mary Hill

irv teitelbaum

Posted at 06:24pm
To the family of the late Nancy Colby,

It's hard to believe that someone as dynamic and active as Nancy is no longer with us. Our sincerest sympathies to her family.

Maidy & Irv Teitelbaum

Barbara McLiverty Trulby

Posted at 03:47pm
Wendy, Karen and Eric, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother had a presence about her that lit up a room. The wonderful memories of my time at your Shelburne Point house, Madonna Mountain house & the Sugarbush House are so many! The musical productions in your backyard, camping out in the backyard and your mom taught me how to use chop sticks at one of Wendy's birthday parties that had a Chinese dinner theme. Your mom made me feel like one of the family when I was with you guys. What a fun and creative spirit your mom had! She'll be missed but never forgotten. Barbara McLiverty Trulby

Gail Hietzker

Posted at 06:12pm
Please RIP, you are a fun and lively person, Nancy. Heli and I will miss your smiling face and sense of humor, but we will definitely miss those annual Christmas cookies. Our book club will never be the same.

Love you,
Gail and Heli Hietzker

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