Nancy Sargent

Nancy Borgese Sargent passed away Saturday October 20, 2012.

She was born in Queens, New York on April 17, 1926 to Joseph and Josephine Borgese. Nancy attended Forrest Hills High School then went on to Drew University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Columbia University where she received her Masters of Arts and Science.

She married Reverend Russell Edwin Sargent on March 25, 1945. They embarked upon a lifelong career as missionaries and served the United Methodist Church in Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Along with her mission work with Russell, Nancy pursued her lifelong passion as a professor and teacher of Spanish and French; teaching at Bard College, Saugerties, Windham, Red Hook and Margaretville High Schools. Nancy and Russell’s love of travel took them to far away exotic destinations including Central and South America, Europe, the Holy Land, Australia, Turkey and China. Nancy had a love of the arts, languages, and music and played several instruments and possessed a beautiful singing voice. Nancy was an avid reader and she enjoyed reading about different cultures.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 68 years Russell E. Sargent, her beloved sister Nina Eldridge (the late Rev. Richard Eldridge) of Sayre, PA, her children; Jeanette Sargent-Hill and her husband, Arthur, of Red Hook, John Sargent and his partner Tracy Farley of Cairo, NY, Luther Sargent and his wife, Graciela, of Honduras, Central America, Paul Sargent and his wife, Jerelyn, of North Greenbush and David Sargent of Albany. 

Nancy was the loving grandmother to Yve Miller (Justin), Laura Hill, Amanda Hill, Joseph Sargent, Noah Sargent, Alexandra Sargent, David Sargent, Mark Sargent, Aaron Sargent, Miriam Sargent and the great –grandmother to Sedona and Jessie Miller. Nancy is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at Catskill United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Avenue, Catskill, NY 12414 on Thursday, Oct. 25 at noon. Calling hours will be prior to the service from 10 a.m.-noon at the church.  Interment will follow in The Cairo Cemetery, Cairo, NY. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Sargent Mission Fund c/o The Catskill United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Avenue, Catskill, NY 12414.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Richards Funeral Home, Cairo. Condolences may be made at