Village Stunned at the Loss of a Very Special Person

A Strong Farewell to Nancy …..   So Typical of Great Massingham

A huge thank you to all who came along to say farewell to our dear friend Nancy as her cortège came through the village on the 11th June.

Not only did it show how loved Nancy was by people in our village but it also gave huge support both to those people very close to her living locally and to her family and friends in the USA.

Thank you also to Anna Burpitt who, on behalf of St Mary’s Church, made the very special flower arrangement (pictured right) that was placed at the roadside gates of the church during the procession and then in the porch for the next few days.

A beautiful arrangement made from flowers in Anna’s garden. Thank you to all of you and for your donations that amount to £1,052.50 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Hawk & Owl Trust. See Nancy’s Tribute Page –

Everyone was so very sad to hear of the sudden death of Nancy Kellogg, on the 17th May. Nancy had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer and the prognosis was good but, sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. She has been a long time resident of Great Massingham and virtually everyone knew Nancy as she had such a special personality. She was so caring, sociable, loving, determined and much more and will leave a huge void in so many people’s lives, the life of our village and even further afield.

With the current restrictions, it is not possible to show our respects in the usual way but we plan to hold a special celebration, of her life, when the current crisis is over.

We have been able to arrange, with the help of Fakenham Funeral Services, for the hearse to be driven through the village, from Weasenham and along Station Road, on a detour route for the 1pm service at Mintlyn Crematorium, on Thursday 11th June. People are invited to line up, with correct spacing, along the route in the village, by 12.25. This is the best way we can find, in the current situation, to say goodbye to a very special person. The details to login to live streaming are :

Nancy Lee Kellogg…. 11th June …..1pm …… at Mintlyn

Username Lino7249

Password  452159

You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you’ll only be able to view the Live Webcast between approx. 12:56 and 13:30 on Thursday 11 June. Once the service has finished, it will take us up to 3 working days to get the 28-day Watch Again onto the website. 


Nancy was the sort of person that touched everyone’s heart. She was born in Van Nuys, California in August 1953. This was where she was educated and grew up.

She was always interested in literature and followed a career in publishing, working for Penguin and Harper Collins. She travelled widely over the United States with her work.

In 2000, it was marriage that brought Nancy to the UK and to Great Massingham. She quickly became involved in village life and became a true villager, becoming well-known and respected, with so many friends. Her love of books and desire to develop this love in children led her to become involved with Great Massingham School. She became a governor in 2004 and remained one until she died. She was extremely competent in this role and will be very hard to replace.

In 2006, Nancy set about organising a major campaign to raise £10,000 for a new school library and involved the whole village in raising the funds, through many events. The library was opened in 2008 by Lord Cholmondeley, as the picture shows, and it remains an amazing resource for the school.    This is just one of the many contributions Nancy made. Summing up how so many people loved Nancy and how sad we all are about her passing is best  left to two past pupils, now adults.

She taught me how to read….”            and

I received the devastating news last week about my friend Nancy. I met Nancy when she worked as a TA and librarian at my primary school and we became great friends, running a book club together, exchanging books, enjoying her cats, attending the village fair and many, many more happy days. I’m so thankful to have these happy, fond memories with such an amazingly kind, smart, sweet and loving, one of a kind, person………… Thank you. You’ll always be remembered and loved.”



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