Nancy Wyman loved to garden and she helped Lebanon bloom

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Whether canning Christmas pickles at her home on Shapleigh Road or beautifying the streets of Sanford, Nancy Wyman had only one speed. Go Go Go (Southern Maine Garden Club photos)

LEBANON, Maine - When it came to the philanthropic, historical, cultural and civic stewardship of Lebanon - and the energy it took to bring it to fruition - no one even came close to Nancy Wyman.

"She always had the energy, right up till the end," said Marilyn Ricker Bolduc, a fellow member of the Lebanon Historical Society where Wyman was president the past eight years.

Wyman, who died at her Shapleigh Road home on June 13, was also active in the town's Dorcas Society and West Lebanon Community Ladies Circle, two organizations that raised money for scholarships for college-bound Lebanon residents who graduated from Noble High School.

She was also a founding member of the Lebanon Book Group, which has been meeting for 44 years, said Betsey Clark of West Lebanon.

"She was our eldest member, but was definitely the most active in so many ways," Clark said.

Wyman was also a Justice of the Peace officiating at the wedding of Clark's daughter in the back yard of her Prospect Hill Road home.

"Nancy had more 'go' than anybody around her," Clark recalled. "She loved to dine out, and if a restaurant was mentioned, she had already been there and could recite the menu."

Wyman helped organize and was instrumental in countless Lebanon events such as the town's 250th celebration in 2017, the Mother's Day High Tea and Empty Bowls soup dinners, which both raised scholarship money.

She was also known for the many dinners she put on at her home, including an annual Christmas dinner for the Historical Society, a Thanksgiving feast for scores of family members and a yearly Valentine's Day meal for friends and the neighborhood.

"She was incredible, she'd put out these huge meals, she did all of the cooking," Bolduc said today.

Wyman was also a fixture on Election Day, manning post-voting tables for the Dorcas Society and West Lebanon Community Ladies Group.

She was also Lebanon's first female selectperson and helped organize an effort that erected a monument honoring the town's Vietnam veterans at Town Hall.

Wyman was also a longtime member of the Southern Maine Garden Club and organizer of the annual Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Lights of Love event.

While her accomplishments across all spectrums of Lebanon life are daunting, she was always a "people person," Bolduc said.

"We she just a wonderful person, very social," she said. "At the Mother's Day Tea, she would personally go around to every person in the room to see how they were doing. She was wonderful to everybody."

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