Nancy Corliss

Nancy Lee Corliss

Friday, March 1st, 1946 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Hudson Falls

The world lost a true difference maker, as Nancy Corliss of Hudson Falls, NY passed away @ 2:15 PM on June 16th. She passed peacefully and comfortably at Ft. Hudson Nursing Home in Fort Edward, NY. Her son Ben was able to be by her side for the last 5 days so even in the midst of this pandemic that locked down nursing homes, she was not alone.
Those that met Nancy know that she was nothing short of amazing. Not only was she a fantastic Mother, but she was an inspiration to thousands of others. Her passion for reading led her to create a little free library in her front yard that became a way point for local families to gather, read, and exchange books. Her love for gardening and her community led her to spend countless amounts of time in her yard planting, pruning, and perfecting the beds for passersby and the occasional garden tour.
Above all however, Nancy’s mission in life was to help children. That mission drove her to be a special education teacher for 35 years where she truly believed that her students taught her more than she taught them. Upon retirement in 2003, she started the charity To the Himalayas with Love. Its goal is and was to provide shoes and mattresses to refugee children in the remote parts of India that were not nearly as fortunate as we were. To accomplish that, she spent 6 months each year in India working to better the lives of those children, and 6 months in the US raising awareness.
It’s not often that you can say a person actually changed the world....but Nancy is one of those people that actually did. By her selfless dedication to children over the last 50 years - she changed the trajectory of thousands of kids’ lives....and broke the cycle of poverty, anger, and a hate for learning that would have impacted generations to come.
Nancy was born on March 1, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of the Francis Reed Corliss and Laura Conger, both deceased. She was educated in many states and graduated from high school and college in Missouri with a BSE and MSE from Central Missouri State University. She was blessed to be married at one time to Brad Ward, a good and decent man and terrific father to her only child Benjamin Ward.
Nancy is survived by her son Benjamin Ward, his wife Amy and their son’s Griffin & Quinn (Davidson, NC), her brother Frank Corliss and his wife Julie (Lee’s Summit, MO), her sister Mindi Conger and JC (Las Vegas, NV), her sister Susan Sprow (Boston, MA) and Vonnie Williams and her husband Rick (Camarillo, CA).
A small private service will be held this week, while a public virtual service will be held next week. Details will be posted on her Facebook page over the next few days.
In Lieu of flowers, gifts, etc. – please feel free to honor her life’s work with a donation to her foundation:
To the Himalayas with Love
P.O. Box 262
Hudson Falls, NY 12839

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
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A small private service will be conduted this week with a public live stream service to be conduced and announced next week. Details to be posted here and on her facebook page in the next few days.


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Posted at 02:06pm
Dear Ben and family,
All the members of the Lake George Garden Club were saddened by the news of Nancy's passing. We so enjoyed her and her passion and gifts for gardening. We will greatly miss her, her enthusiasm and her many other gifts which she shared so generously. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynne Curtis
Corresponding Secretary

Susan Goe

Posted at 02:09pm
I have known Nancy for over thirty five years, though our meetings for the last thirty years have been rare. She was a sweet and caring mentor to me, helping me through a difficult time. Over the years, I occasionally called her for advise and she was always right there with her wisdom and loving way. I will remember Nancy a woman who loved well with strength and with grace.
Susan Goe

Carrie Lorrain

Posted at 08:26pm
I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I first met Nancy when she was planning her first trip to India. I was a travel agent at AAA and I helped her plan and map out her trip. I really enjoyed seeing her and planning her trip and I remember how nervous she was to fly! That was going to be a huge step. I was so happy to hear about her trip when she returned and the connections she made with the people throughout her trip. She made a lasting impression on me for sure. I hope your memories will bring some peace and comfort to you. May she Rest In Peace. Carrie (Arehart) Lorrain

Dave Droddy

Posted at 08:53am
Ben and Family,
I had the privilege of working with Nancy at WSWHE BOCES. For several years our classrooms were across from each other and she was among the first staff members I met as the day started. Her enthusiasm and joy always made for a really great day. She made a positive impact on the lives of countless students and upon retirement her service was exemplary. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Dave Droddy


Posted at 12:07am
Nancy (rocky) was a great person and one I had a pleasure to personally train at physical advantage after John went overseas. She was a tough customer and still can hear her screaming one more!! While working out. Ben I’m sorry for your loss, please contact me at 260-3000 if you need anything or want to chat. Rocky always talked about you and told you that she was in great hand with John and I. Now she can join John and he can train her every other day. Amazing woman and mother I’m sure. Take care, she told me things and John that nobody else knew. Sorry for your loss, please give me a call if you need anything!

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