Nancy's Story

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Nancy Lee (Hodge) Braman, 74, passed peacefully at home with family at her side on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Nancy grew up in Mount Jackson, Pa., with siblings Janet (Hodge) Hopper, Ronald Hodge and Norma (Hodge) Genova. She was the daughter of Wesley I. Hodge and Florence (Hoffman) Hodge.
Nancy graduated from Mohawk High School (1961) and Geneva College (1965), accepting an elementary teaching position in North Kingstown, R.I. It was there in 1969 she met the man who would become her partner of 48 years, Eric Braman of Middletown, R.I.
She is survived by her husband, (Ret.) Col. Eric Braman; children, (Ret.) Lt. Col. William Braman, Col. Matthew Braman, Alison Braman, (Ret.) Maj. Mario Schweizer, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jon Smith, Sgt. First Class Kevin Smith, Capt. (VSM) Rija Ramahatra; and 13 grandchildren.
Nancy earned her master's degree in education from the University of Rhode Island. Leaving the full-time teaching profession in 1972, Nancy transitioned to what she viewed as life's most rewarding role full-time Mom.
During her years as an Army wife and later in life, she served as president officers wives' club, fundraiser extraordinaire Brussels American School booster club, substitute teacher, CPA assistant, travel agent, bank teller, assistant to the Dean of Students Norwich University, secretary Friends of the Sullivan Museum, and several terms as an elected member of the board of directors Northfield Public Library.
She was an avid golfer and mentor The First Tee and member of the Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club. She was an active lifetime sister of the PEO.
In retirement, Nancy continued international travel with her family and friends.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, R.I.
Funeral service is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Middletown, R.I., followed by an 11 a.m. internment at the R.I. Veterans' Cemetery, Exeter, R.I. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, Nancy requested donations be made to The First Tee /www.thefirsttee.org/.
Online tribute at www.memorialfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 12, 2017
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