Nancy Cumming Connolly was a treasure to her family, friends and community.
Mrs. Connolly, 72, died Wednesday at her home, but her legacy will long be remembered.
She was buried at the Summerville Cemetery on Cumming Road on Saturday.
"She was a vibrant, exhilarating individual. No matter who she met, they suddenly became her best friend," said her friend Sandra Fenstermacher. "She had a quality of making you feel like you were an important part of her life."
Mrs. Connolly's life was a busy one.
Her son David Hugh Connolly Jr. said his mother was a hard worker who became joyfully tired working to improve Augusta through community service, principles her parents instilled in her as a child.
"She always rose to the occasion and had a difficult time saying no," her son said. "She couldn't ignore the world around her; she felt that she had to make the community a better place and an environment for people of Augusta to be proud of."
Mrs. Connolly was a woman of many interests and passions.
"She enjoyed her activities with gardening,"said her husband of 50 years, David Hugh Connolly. "She had great interests in historical activities, and she loved music. She was a strong supporter of Georgia Public Telecommunications Commissions and the Augusta Symphony."
While serving her community, Mrs. Connolly continued to devote her time to serving others.
Daughter Lucy Connolly Shuler said, "She never met a stranger. She would take people who moved to Augusta under her wing so that they could become familiar with the area, and because of that, they would become close friends."
Mrs. Shuler said her mother was known for making friends, including younger people.
"Our friends loved our mother," her daughter said. "Her friends extended to all generations."
Mrs. Shuler said her mother was also known for making time with her grandchildren fun.
"She always made life creative," her daughter said. "She would dress up as Mother Goose, the Easter Bunny, and one time she had some actors from the Augusta Mini Theater come and dress up like the Grinch and take the Christmas gifts away and then have Santa return them on Christmas Day.
"She wanted her grandchildren to know that if they were with Nanny, they were going to have a good time."
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