Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Nancy Haigwood, 69

'Distinguished Teacher' at Covedale

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

MIAMI TWP. - Nancy Hall Haigwood, Hamilton County Educator of the Year in 1987-88 and PTA Educator of the Year for Ohio District VI in 1988, died Sept. 22 at her home. She was 69.

Mrs. Haigwood was a teacher at Covedale Elementary for 30 years. Cincinnati Public Schools named her its Distinguished Teacher in 1982.

She grew up in Westwood, where "we lived close to the store and close to the school, the library and the church," she wrote in an autobiographical paper. "With a movie house, a beautiful park and lots of friends all within walking or bicycling distance, I had a wonderful childhood."

She graduated from Western Hills High School at 16 and attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the choir, Women's Glee Club and Octet.

She eloped with Donald Siegler in 1952, when she was 17, and transferred to the UC College of Education. She received her degree in 1954.

Mrs. Haigwood taught at Happy Hours Nursery School for several years before she became a teacher at Roselawn Elementary. She was transferred to Covedale Elementary and taught fourth and fifth grades there for three decades.

She was a member of Westwood First United Presbyterian, the church where she was baptized. She served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher, and sang with the choir. She was also a member of the Cincinnati Women's Club, the Westwood Women's Club and Alpha Phi Fraternity.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Siegler.

Survivors include her husband, James W. Haigwood; two daughters, Pamela Jane Siegler of Brownsboro, Ala., and Julie Ann Connley of Green Township; a son, David Paul Siegler of Springboro; three brothers, Joseph A., Edwin C. and Roger A. Hall; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Westwood First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials: Organ Fund, Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211; the American Lung Association of Ohio, Southwest Branch, 11113 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242-1817; or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 710784, Cincinnati, OH 45271-0784.


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