Nancy McCown Symmes, age 93, died November 26, at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born April 9, 1921, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in Indianapolis by her father, Dr. Percy Edward McCown, and her mother, Kathryn (Knowles) McCown.
Nancy graduated from Tudor Hall School, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, Indiana University, BA 1943, and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City. She worked at the Rough Notes Co. (founded by her great-great Uncle, “Uncle Dr. Martin” about 1875) until her marriage.
She also has had wonderful memories of “Charlie’s seven favorite nieces”.
She was a member of the Junior League of Indianapolis, Christamore Guild and the former Indianapolis Day Nursery, Fortnight Literary Club and The Embroiders Guild. She volunteered at Park Tudor School, Northview Middle School, North Central High School and with the Girl Scout Organization. Additionally, she was a docent for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a trustee for the former Tudor Hall School. Her hobbies included photography, needlepoint, sweepstaking, bridge, and travel. She and her sister, Barbara McCown Menzie, over a period of 30 years, visited every continent except Antartica.
Visitation and Services
Family services will be held on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at the Leppert Mortuary Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th St. Indianapolis, IN. No public visitation is planned. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. The Family asks that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment. Donate on line at www.carolinesymmes.org or mail the contribution to The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment, PO Box 2937, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
three children, Kathryn Symmes Kirk (Jim), granddaughter Jessica Hall Graffunder (Hans) of Austin, Texas and great grandchildren Ian, Ella and Owen, Charles William Symmes,Jr.(Paula Jean), step-grand daughter Stephanie Gibson and David Symmes, (Elizabeth Goodknight) grand children Natalie and Sullivan Symmes.
Her parents, as well as her husband in 2000, Charles William Symmes, an Indianapolis attorney, to whom she was married 51 years. Her sister, Constance McCown Krimendahl of New York City, and her granddaughter, Caroline Louise Symmes also predeceased.