March 24, 1934 - August 10, 2019
Nancy L. Mulford (nee Briggs) of Sewell, NJ died on August 10, 2019 at the age of 85.
Nancy was born on March 24,1934 in Camden City, NJ as the second of three daughters born to Merton and Juanita Briggs. She was raised alongside her dear sisters, the late Joan Hutnick and Dianne “Donnie” Taylor. Nancy’s sisters were a source of strength and laughter throughout her life, and they were missed daily by Nancy upon their passing in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
In 1952 Nancy graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, NJ. Shortly before her high school graduation she opened the soon-to-be successful, Nancy Mulford Studio of Dance. At the time, Nancy was considering an offer from a ballet company, but the studio was purchased by her father so Nancy could complete her high school education. The studio opened its doors in Camden, NJ in a small storefront, but grew in number over the years and changed locations several times before finding a permanent home in Mt. Ephraim, NJ on the Black Horse Pike. Nancy’s dedication to her work and her discipline as a teacher brought a love of dance to generations of dancers who found in her studio a place to call home and friends to call family. She will be remembered with love and respect by those she taught and those who continue to find a love of dance at Mulford Dance Studio now celebrating its 67th year of dance education.
Nancy met her late husband Paul Mulford on a double date with her sister Joan. Nancy and Paul were married in June of 1954 when Nancy was 20 years old. The couple shared a passion for dance and the performing arts and worked side-by-side at the dance studio for many years before his passing from cancer in 1982. Nancy lost her partner and friend when she was just 48 years old. The couple had 6 children, Gary Mulford (Linda), Paula Burns (Steve), Robin Adams (Bill), Kim (Mulford)Farmer, Linda Igielski (Ray), and Susan Siegel (Jeff), who fondly remember their mother’s dedication to her work, household, and children as part of her legacy. Nancy was proud of her 6 children who were devoted to her throughout her life. Her unending love of her family will be remembered and passed on by her 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren (who lovingly called her Nana), and her many nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Nancy.
Nancy also loved animals, reading murder mysteries, and enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune. She was the first on the dance floor at any gathering, and she loved spending time at the casinos in Atlantic City with her many friends and family. Her friendships over the years were a cherished part of her life.
Nancy will be missed wholeheartedly as she now rests in peace. Her strength and heart will be carried on by all who loved her.
There will be a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm at Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the American Lung Association, 3001 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.