Madeline Nash Short


Madeline Nash Short, entrepreneur, inspiration, matriarch, gardener and bridge-playing card shark died March 20, 2009, while recovering from heart surgery. She was 79.

Madeline lived her life in New York and New England, including many years in Southwest Harbor and Sullivan. She was the eldest of three, born to Anona and Leo Nash, April 23, 1929. She attended Keuka College (New York) and married David Morrison Short in 1947. After her husband’s death in 1971, Madeline put her four children through college, instilling the value of hard work and strong family bonds. She was an important role model to many young people. Always enterprising and independent, Madeline had several successful careers. She owned an interior decorating business in Madison, Conn., worked as unit coordinator for Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and in real estate for Lawrence S. Robinson & Co. in Southwest Harbor. After moving to Cape Cod, she served on the board of the Orleans Council on Aging and the Center for Sight Loss Services of Cape Cod. She was optimistic, outgoing, and made friends easily. She loved gardening, antiques, a good bridge game and a good laugh.

Madeline is survived by her children, Sydney Short Covey of Pine Valley, Calif.; Patty Short of Melrose, Mass., David Short of Manhattan, and Kelley Short of Canterbury, N.H. She leaves behind Wayne R. Woodford, her companion of 32 years, of East Orleans, Mass.; and her brothers, Roger Nash of Meredith, N.H., and Jeff Nash of Higganum, Conn.; seven grandchildren and one-great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. April 26, 2009, at Pleasant View Retirement, 227 Pleasant St., Concord, N.H. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sight Loss Services, Box 414, West Dennis, MA 02670, or Orleans Council on Aging, 150 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653.

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