Nancy Shevers Loney, 87, a New York City interior designer who reinvented herself
when she relocated to Westerly, RI, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday March
28, 2019. In Westerly, she was a founder of Opening Doors – a non-profit that
promoted literacy in young children – and dedicated herself to ensuring it would be
an enduring part of the community.
Born in 1932 in New York City and raised in Scarsdale, NY, she graduated from
Simmons College in Boston, MA, and received a Masters degree in art history from
Hunter College in 1974.
Mrs. Loney served on the boards of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education and The
Colony Club, both in Manhattan, NY. In Rhode Island, she was a member of The
Watch Hill Yacht Club, The Hope Club, and The Misquamicut Club, where she served
on the board.
She was an integral member of the community. A compassionate person, with a
knack for getting along with people of any age – in her own words “interested
people are interesting”. Her infectious enthusiasm, kind words, and sharp wit will
be missed tremendously.
She loved to travel, was fluent in French, an avid bridge player, passionate and
ambitious cook, a late-in-life exercise enthusiast, and she never missed a single
week of the NYT crossword puzzle – which she did in ink.
She is survived by her brother Harold Shevers and his wife Sandra, of Cincinnati, Ohio;
her daughter Susan Allen Loney of Providence, RI; her son Fredrick Roosevelt Loney III,
of Westerly, RI; her grandchildren Alice Loney Peterson and her husband Geoffrey,
Henry Oestreich all of Brooklyn, NY; and her great grandchild Maud Beatrice Peterson.
She was predeceased by her husband Fredrick Roosevelt Loney, Jr., to whom she was
married for 55 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in her name be made to
Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children; PO BOX 2955 Westerly, RI 02891 – or
through the website: Openingdoorswesterly.org
Arrangements are entrusted to the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St.,
Westerly, RI 02891.
A memorial is planned for the spring.