MADRID, New York (WWNY) – Nancy H. Buffham, 83, a resident of Madrid, NY, died April 2, 2022, surrounded by her family at Upstate University Hospital after a brief illness. Joint call-in hours for Nancy and James Buffham will be on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Phillips Memorial Home located at 20 Church Street in Madrid, NY.
The funeral of James and Nancy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday April 11, 2022 at St. John’s Baptist Church in Madrid with Msgr. Rev. Robert H. Aucoin and Pastor Paul Detmer.
Interment will take place at Madrid Cemetery with full military honors for James immediately following the service for Nancy and James.
Arrangements are in the care and control of Phillips Memorial Home, 20 Church St. Madrid, NY.
Nancy was born July 31, 1938 in Canton, NY to the late Harold and Myrtle (Rushman) Burke. Nancy attended cantonal schools. On November 3, 1956, Nancy married James R. Buffham at St. Mary’s Church in Canton, NY with Reverend Griffith Billmeyer officiating. Nancy worked at Canton Hospital as a nurse’s aide. Nancy then continued her career at Madrid-Waddington Central School, where she retired after working in the cafeteria. She was a devoted wife and caregiver to her husband, James. Nancy enjoyed playing cards, walking around her house, gardening and tending to her many flowers hanging on her terrace. She especially enjoyed visiting her family and friends.
Nancy is survived by her children; Robert (Denise Shorkey) Buffham, of Potsdam, NY; Debra (Stephen) Hanson of Madrid, NY; and Brenda (Daniel) Evans of Schenectady, NY; with seven grandchildren; Erika (Nathan) Witkop, Sedona, Arizona; Matthew Buffham, Johnsonville, NY; Albert Hanson, Waddington, NY; Kevin Buffham, Ticonderoga, NY; Christopher Evans, Schenectady, NY; and Chase Evans, Schenectady, NY. Nancy is also survived by four great-grandchildren; Samantha Buffham and Coralyn Buffham; Aurora Witkop and Tala Witkop. She is also survived by her siblings, Richard (Denise) Burke Canton, NY; Ronald (Barbara) Burke Russell, NY; Judy Wilson Canton, NY; Maureen Slate of Copenhagen, NY; and John (January) Burke Norfolk, NY; sister-in-law Martha Buffham, Potsdam, NY, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy was predeceased by her husband James Buffham, her parents Harold and Myrtle Burke, her brother-in-law Harvey Slate, her sister-in-law Eleanor Burke, her brother-in-law Donald Wilson and her sister-in-law Clara Burke.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Madrid Rescue Team; PO Box 129, Madrid, NY 13660.
Photos and online condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com
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