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Nancy Duggins Gloss

October 19, 1945 ~ October 29, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old


Nancy Duggins Gloss, 78, of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at her home under the care of her loving husband, Blair Gloss with assistance from hospice after an illness. 

After graduating from Radford University in 1966, and receiving a Masters in English from Virginia Tech in 1972, she taught English to middle school, high school and university students.

From early childhood, she was deeply immersed in creating clothing, crafts and sewing of all kinds. Her passion and expertise led her to open Nancy’s Calico Patch in 1987, in Newport News. The enterprise grew with her talents and leadership until her business became a regional go-to spot for those seeking the best quality machines, wonderful fabrics, and great learning opportunities. She carried her teaching skills into her business. Sewing, smocking, and quilting were among the shop’s specialties. Her kindness, patience and good taste were evident in her life work.

Nancy was a faithful member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist church in Newport News. In recent years, she volunteered at her new church food pantry at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, as well as the Brisben Center setting up library for use by clients.

Mrs Gloss was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Edna Duggins.

She is survived by her husband, Blair Gloss and their children, Martin Gloss (Leonard Rappa), Kevin Gloss (Dena) and Amanda Gloss-Johnson (Chris Johnson); grandchildren Charlotte Gloss, Eric Johnson, Ethan Johnson and Ella Johnson; brother Thomas Duggins (Chris). Also survived by many hundreds of her quilting and sewing protégés who delighted in her gracious spirit, cheerfulness and joy and shared interests. She was a true cheerleader.

A Memorial Service will be held at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.

A second remembrance service followed by a reception will be held Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News so that her longtime friends may easily attend.

Please make any donations in lieu of flowers to the food pantry in your area. 


Memorial Service
November 18, 2023

11:00 AM
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
308 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Time of Remembrance
November 30, 2023

2:00 PM
Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church
38 Hoopes Road
Newport News, VA 23602


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