Sunday, July 5, 2020

A Great Phil Hellene Nancy Horton, died this morning in Athens

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Nancy was known to all who knew and loved her as the faithful and passionate “Keeper of Her Father’s Flame.”

Miss Horton was 103 years old.  She passed away this morning in an ambulance on her way to a hospital in Athens.  Miss Horton lived in Voula during the last three decades of her life and had a home in Washington, D.C. prior to that.  She was well-known for her poetry readings with Greek themes.   Miss Horton gave readings at the Folger Shakespeare Library in the District,  spoke on BBC, appeared frequently on Greek television, and lectured extensively on Asia Minor in the United States, Greece, and Australia.

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  1. .
    Oh dear. A wonderful lover of Hellas is gone.
    I must admit I have been worrying about this for a few years now, although I was hopeful after speaking with her on the phone back before the turn of the millennium.
    I knew Nancy for a few years in Washington D.C., when I lived there from 1974 until early 1977. We met at a poetry group that met in Food for Thought restaurant on Connecticutt Avenue. I shall always remember her lovely words about Greece, and her stories of her parents, and the tragedy at Smyrna.
    Goodbye my dear elder sister muse.
    Thank you for being my friend.