Nancy Ellen Harlan Mandigo
Northfield, Vt. — There was a celebration in Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, when Nancy arrived. Nancy Ellen Rorabaugh was born on April 1, 1926, the only child of Merrill S. and Jessye (Frampton) Rorabaugh. Raised in New Kensington, Pa. she always obeyed her parents and maintained an amazing faith and trust in God throughout her life. Nancy’s life on earth ended on Saturday morning at Mayo Rehab and Continuing Care in Northfield after her two year residence there.
Nancy married John DeNormandie Harlan of Butler, Pa. in 1946. Their first son, J.D., was born later that year. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in western Pennsylvania until John’s work took them to Claremont, N.H. Shortly after their second son, Merrill, was born in 1964, the family moved to Miami, Fla. Except for a few years spent living in Port Washington on Long Island, the family remained in Miami and spent summer months at the family’s cottage on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. In 1984, John’s retirement from Eastern Airlines allowed Nancy, John and Merrill to return to New England.
During her years in Bethel, Vt., Nancy was an active member of the United Church of Randolph, participating in Bible studies, Tres Dias weekends, and was instrumental in many church projects. She was a Hospice Volunteer and raised money for Hospice by selling teddy bears that wore sweaters hand-knit by a team of knitters that Nancy organized. Nancy’s 50 plus years of participation in the Daughter’s of the American Revolution included active membership and leadership in the Colonel Israel Converse Chapter of the VT DAR. She assisted in the management and maintenance of the DAR John Strong Mansion and Museum in Addison, Vt. She was a talented artist and quiltmaker, and completed museum quality needlework that will be enjoyed for generations.
In addition to being a devoted wife to John, and later to her second husband Melvin Harvey Mandigo, she was a wonderful mother, and a faithful servant to the Lord. Nancy was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, John in 1997, her husband, Melvin in 2005, and her son John DeNormandie Harlan, Jr. (J.D.) in 2006. Nancy is survived by her son, Merrill DuShane Harlan and his loving sweetheart, Kathy Tracy Killian of Bethel and Jonesport, Maine; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Harlan (J.D.’s widow) of Charleston, S.C.; her grandaughter, Courtney Joy Harlan of Charleston; and her grandson, Matthew D. Harlan and his wife, Beth of Hampton, Va.
Funeral services and a celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the United Church of Randolph (brick church) 18 North Main Street in Randolph, Vt. with Pastor Roger Wotton officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at a later date in the Vermont Veteran’s Cemetary, Randolph Center, Vt.
Friends wishing to may make memorial contributions to the United Church of Randolph, 18 North Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060 or the humanitarian charity of one’s choice.