Nancy ‘Smiling Dove’ Elizabeth Eldredge

Nancy “Smiling Dove” Elizabeth Eldredge passed early morning July 14th at Cape Cod Hospital with her children around her, at age 81.
A true Cape Codder, she was born August 7th, 1939 at Cape Cod (cottage) Hospital and raised in Chatham.  She lived in Brewster in her last years. Daughter of Everett “Gunny” R. Eldredge Jr. and Esther Catherine (Muldowney) Eldredge, she was the eldest of four children, and proud to be the granddaughter of Everett Raymond Eldredge, the first chief of police of Chatham.
She lovingly leaves behind three children, George “Lee” Hall, Michael Hall, Amy Hall, grandson Alex Cooper, brother Everett “Hunky” Eldredge, sister-in-law Roberta Eldredge, six nieces and nephews, one grand-nephew and one grand-niece.
She was predeceased by her brothers Michael and Jeff Eldredge.
 Nancy grew up with an abundant outdoor playground at Camp Malabar, her family’s camp on Oyster River, where she learned from her naturalist father and had many different types of pets and rescue animals. Nancy loved life and nature!
She graduated Holy Cross Academy in 1957 as a vivacious girl of contrast, talented with a paint brush, entertainer “juggling lobsters” and as a singer.
She married in the late 1960’s to Arthur “Skip” Hall and resided in Winchester and Chatham until her divorce seven years later.  She was a loving and special mom to her three kids and spent many summers exploring Cape Cod, NH and ME together.
She was proud of her Native American Wampanoag and Penobscot nations aspect of her ancestry; she learned much about life in harmony with respect for our earth and shared her knowledge with children and adults alike over decades.
She had many different jobs, but her life’s calling was to teach children how we are all deeply connected to mother earth, and ultimately dependent upon her. Her last employment was at Plimoth Plantation as the Education Manager for the Wampanoag Indigenous Program and “Hobomock’s Homesite,” yet after she continued her efforts with speaking engagements in various aspects and venues, including local schools.
She was loved by virtually everyone and will be greatly missed!
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Family and friends are invited to share in a Celebration of Nancy’s Life Sunday September 26th, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Chatham VFW.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project at
As a transplant recipient, Nancy would appreciate people becoming organ donors. Thank you.
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