Nancy R. Heckman, a talented sportswoman and active volunteer, died Sept. 8 in Elderwood Village at Linwood in Lancaster after a lengthy illness. She was 81.
Born Nancy Randall in Binghamton, she was a graduate of Binghamton High School and Swarthmore College. A competitive collegiate diver for Swarthmore, she was also a Philadelphia-area diving champion during her college years.
Fifty years later, she competed in swimming in the New York State Senior Games, winning the breast stroke competition. She also competed in golf tournaments and was a U.S. Tennis Association Level 3 tennis player for many years, playing on a USTA women's team until she was 80.
She also enjoyed skiing, hiking, swimming and canoeing into her late 70s.
A former resident of Morrison, Ill., and Louisville, Ky., she moved to Cazenovia in the mid-1970s.
After raising her children, Mrs. Heckman earned a nursing degree from Morrisville Community College and worked as a registered nurse for 10 years in Central New York.
She was active in scouting, fair housing programs, a volunteer ambulance service, Hospice, League of Women Voters and an after-school program for underprivileged children.
She retired to Hilton Head, S.C., in the early 1990s, where she and her husband helped found the Low Country Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Heckman moved to the Buffalo area last year to be near her daughter, former Magistrate Carol E. Heckman of Buffalo. She resided at Elderwood Village at Westwood in West Seneca, as well as the Lancaster facility.
Her husband of 55 years, Richard L., died in 2003.
Survivors include another daughter, Anne Rust of Syracuse; two sons, Bruce of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Scott of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Anne Berge of Binghamton; two brothers, Charles Randall of Brackney, Pa., and George Randall of South Laguna, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Binghamton on Nov. 12.