On March 24, 2020, Nancy Anastasia Barnes died peacefully at the age of 91 in Rye, NH after a long and courageous battle with dementia. She continued to show her sense of humor, feistiness, and deep love of her family to the very end. She was born on Feb 9, 1929 in Chelsea, Massachusetts to Charles and Mary Peluso. She is predeceased by her brother, Charles “Tiggy” Peluso, and her sisters, Mary Ann Currie and Sandy Sillivan. She leaves two sisters, Isabelle Henreksion of Gardenville, NV and Sylvia Mancina of Fair Oaks, CA. Nancy was the beloved wife of 43 years to Calvin Barnes of Hampton, NH. They showed their dedication to each other through their unique sense of humor, affectionately bantering each other on a daily basis. They loved each other deeply and enjoyed just being together watching TV, dining out, assembling puzzles and reading the newspaper daily. Nancy was the beloved mother of Charles Anastasia of Portsmouth, NH, Nancijo Wolter and husband Randy of Hampton, NH, Marion Anastasia and husband Scott Hooker of Waterford, VT, Vivian Anastasia Hurton and husband Kevin of Byfield, MA, Joseph Anastasia and wife Trena of Loveland, CO, Peter Anastasia and wife Marianne of Hampton, NH, Jeffrey Barnes of Midlothian, VA, David Barnes and wife Jane of Fairfax, VA and Wendy Consentino and husband Chuck, of North Attleboro, MA. She was predeceased by daughter Nancy Barnes. She leaves twenty grandchildren: Peter and Nico Anastasia, Sarah and husband Chris Henry, Alice and husband Alex Richichi, Penny Ramsey, Joel and partner Kim, Lydia and partner Marty, and Marian Wolter, Lindsay and husband Trevor Dakers, Katherine Siner and partner Louis, Celia and partner Christian and Shaun Hooker, Eloise and Cody Hurton, Tre and wife Hayley Anastasia, Treanna and husband Jeffrey Wade, Caroline and Maddie Anastasia and Julia and Lauren Consentino. She also leaves behind 12 great- grandchildren: June, Thomas, William, and Greta Henry, Gauge and Isla Dakers, Wren and Louisa Lacroix, Levi and Opal Wade, and Orion and Ulay Anastasia. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and life- long friends. Nancy graduated from Winthrop High School in 1947 where she led the drum majorettes; she prided herself in teaching her teammates and perfecting her own skills. She went on to secretarial work and later, found the greatest joy of her life, bringing up her children. She enjoyed ice skating, skiing, sewing, knitting, playing cards, and especially tending to her flower gardens. She was a practicing electrolysis, and also earned a certificate in Divinity from Gordon Conwell Seminary which brought her great pride. Nancy was a member of Middleton Congregational Church for many years. There, she served as a deacon and facilitated many Bible studies. She will be remembered for her beautiful table settings; her ornamental Christmas trees, especially her “doll” tree; cooking; hospitality; and her fashion sense and decor; but most of all, for the love she had for her family who meant everything to her.
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