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Nan Pointer’s dedicated service to Gloucester

Nan Pointer’s career in education and later as a volunteer for her church and community includes a long list of accomplishments.

The 92-year-old Gloucester resident and her husband Joe recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They have literally traveled the world over and loved it all.

Pointer was crowed “Miss Gloucester” at the age of 20, as she was asked by the board of supervisors to represent Gloucester County at the Hampton Seafood Festival, which was an unexpected and surprising honor. Her family was living at Fort Eustis (1942-46) during WWII when her father worked as a carpenter. The ferry was in operation across the York River (no Coleman Bridge then), so transportation was more difficult. She went to what was then called Morrison High School (now Warwick) in Newport News.

She was one of five honor graduates at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia (the two schools were affiliated then), earning her BA degree in 1950. Later, Pointer contin...

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