Nancy K Houlihan

February 14, 1932 - December 10, 2023
Nancy K Houlihan

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Nancy K Houlihan, first-generation Irish American, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 2/14/1932 to Neil Kearney and Bella Grimes. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on 12/10/2023. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and adored music and dancing. She was married to LTC John C. Houlihan for 26 wonderful years. He proceeded her in death in 1983. Nancy retired in December 2003 after 19 years of federal service with the United States Navy. Nancy was a long-time member of St. Jerome’s choir, St. Bede’s Parish Choir, the Yorktown Chorale, and the Williamsburg Heritage Dancers. Nancy is survived by her children: Michael Houlihan (Finola), Mary Ballard (Scott), Lisa Houlihan, her grandchildren: Ben Ward, Shevaun Bragg (Cliff), Nathan Ward (Heather), Ciara Houlihan, and her great grandchildren: Emmy and Izzy Bragg. Nancy will be missed by her many friends and family both in the United States and Ireland. The family would like to express appreciation and gratitude to the staff of the Berkeley and Springhouse at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s name to the Little Sisters of the Poor.


Funeral Mass

Friday, December 15, 2023
12:00 PM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia 23188
757) 229-3631

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Saint Bede
  • Friday, December 15, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • December 20, 2023
    Brad and Deb Mitzel says:
    Brad and I are deeply saddened to hear of Nancy’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to Michael, Mary and Lisa and their families. We met Nancy when we moved into Glen Laurel in 1996. We were next door neighbors until we moved in 2006. We just loved her. We did it all, we laughed, we cried, we ate, we all partied with the Dixions, we put up Christmas decorations. We weren’t just neighbors, we were good friends. When we moved, we kept in touch. We know Nancy’s faith was deep and we know where she is now. Time to rest Nancy, you lived well. You loved and were loved. ♥️ We will miss you!

  • December 15, 2023
    Fergus, Clare, Tim & Jack, Dublin says:
    We were deeply saddened to hear the news about Nancy. The Houlihan family have our deepest condolences for the loss of someone so dear.

  • December 13, 2023
    Andrew Cirrincione says:
    My condolences to the houlihan family... When I move to Glen Laurel I'm 2007 Nancy was my next door neighbor...I enjoyed our conversations in the driveway as we were coming and going....she would always ask about my kids and how they were doing...she had such a sweet personality and was always kind ....she will truly be missed...

  • December 13, 2023
    Anne, Aidan and the entire Brophy Clan says:
    We are all very saddened to hear that Nancy has passed away . Our condolences to Michael, Lisa and Mary .

  • December 13, 2023
    The Kennedy family says:
    So sorry to hear the sad news of Nancy’s passing. Sincere condolences To Michael, Finola, Ciara and the extended Houlihan family. Nancy was a lovely lady, so kind and generous. We have very fond memories of time spent with her here in Ireland and in Washington . At dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís. Majella, Bernard, Ben and Jenny, Ireland