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Nancy (Burgwyn) Lawrence Sargent Passes Away on February 20, 2020


By the family

Mar. 11, 2020:  Nancy (Burgwyn) Lawrence Sargent of Bloomfield, CT, 96 years old, passed away peacefully at the Caleb Hitchcock Care Center on February 20.

Nancy was born February 12, 1924, in Bronxville, NY, She was the daughter of Dudley Bates Lawrence and Katherine Clitherall (Birch) Lawrence and the granddaughter of Sarah Bates Lawrence and William Van Duzer Lawrence. William Van Duzer Lawrence was the founder of Sarah Lawrence College, Lawrence Hospital and what is now known as the Lawrence Park Historic District.


She was raised in Bronxville and then Mount Kisco, NY, and graduated from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, with the
class of 1942.

As a teenager, she was quite the adventurer and a precocious soul, traveling solo from New York to Boston, to Alabama to visit relatives on her mother’s side of the family and once to Guatemala on a banana boat to visit a classmate.

Like many in her generation, WWII proved to be a time to leave the beaten track. In Nancy’s case, that involved a trip to Pensacola, FL to help her older brother, Dudley, and his young family.

There she met and married Edward Cutler Sargent, a naval aviator. Together they helped the baby boom along with four spirited boys.

Throughout a long life that included many moves - from New York to Wyoming, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut - and the early death of her husband in 1977, the two constants remained her deep attachment to family and her life-long connection with the home where she spent nearly every summer of her life, a camp that her father built in 1916 at Big Wolf Lake in the Adirondacks.

Nancy was also a wonderful storyteller with a witty sense of humor, an avid reader, a creative spirit, and a strong supporter of the arts, animal rights, and the protection of wildlife, serving for years as a volunteer at the Carnivore Preservation Trust in Pittsboro, NC.

She is survived by her four sons: Lawrence of North Royalton, OH, David of Ashburnham, MA, Edward Jr. of Portland, ME and Peter of Bangkok, Thailand; four grandchildren, Kathy (Sargent) Havelka, Elizabeth Sargent, Anne Sargent, and Jonathan Sargent; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held later in the spring at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.


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Christ Church Bronxville

Christ Church Bronxville, or "CCBNY" as it's known in the community, is the village's Episcopal church, whose beginnings date back to 1898. The current church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1926 and was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who also designed St. Bartholomew's in New York City and the Chapel at West Point.

CCBNY offers a wide array of programs to its parishioners, who live throughout southern Westchester. The acclaimed music program boasts five choirs; international outreach efforts to Cuba; and education and service programs for family members of all ages. CCBNY is also home to the renowned children's music program Young at Arts (http://www.youngatartsny.org), and Eliza Corwin Frost (www.elizafrostschool.org), a nursery school for children ages 1 to 5.

Our services are as follows:
8:00AM Rite I Spoken Eucharist
10:00AM Family Choral Eucharist
5:00PM Informal Eucharist

"No matter where you are on your spiritual journey there is a home for you at Christ Church. Our worship, music, education and outreach challenge us to embrace holiness and fearlessly share Christ's love."

The Rev. Michael A. Bird, Rector
17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708


First Baptist Church

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The Reformed Church of Bronxville is the community church in the heart of the village. We welcome people of all faiths and persuasions to be a part of our church family. We have exciting programs to meet your interests including music and the arts, service and outreach, children's ministry and a wonderful Nursery School.

Starting Sept. 7th, we have three Sunday services held at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm. A Fellowship Coffee Hour is offered after the 10:30 am service. Childcare is available during our 10:30 am service along with Church School classes for children from 2 years old through the 8th grade.

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Village Lutheran Church

The Village Lutheran Church “is a ministry of word and sacraments. This ministry gives opportunities for witness, nurture, fellowship, stewardship and service.” The Chapel School, which goes from pre-school three-year olds through 8th grade, is an integral part of the Church’s ministry for children.

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West Center Congregational Church

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Sinai Free Synagogue

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