Nance B. Gamse

Homemaker and artist who wrote poetry

May 18, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Nance B. Gamse, a homemaker and artist who enjoyed writing poetry, died Wednesday from complications of dementia at North Oaks retirement community. She was 91.

Nance Bloomberg, the daughter of a millinery salesman and a homemaker, was born in Richmond, Va., and because of her father's business, was raised in Greenville, S.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., where she graduated in 1934 from University High School.

After her parents moved to Baltimore, she studied for a year at Western High School and attended playwriting classes at the Johns Hopkins University.

At a local youth group social event, Mrs. Gamse became acquainted with her future husband, Nathaniel Gamse, who had stood back while the others paired off.

According to family members, she said, "I guess you're stuck with me," which resulted in 68 years of marriage.

The couple married in 1939 and later lived in Pikesville and Harper House before moving to North Oaks in 2000.

Mr. Gamse, a lithographer who had been president of Gamse Lithographing Co., died in 2007.

Mrs. Gamse was a longtime member of Temple Oheb Shalom, where she had been president of the Sisterhood and co-president with her husband of the synagogue's Sunday School PTA.

Mrs. Gamse, who began writing poetry as a young woman, was also an accomplished needle worker and watercolorist who was known for her folk art style paintings.

A volume of her poetry, "Of Course Everyone Knows I'm a Chocoholic," was privately printed.

Services were held Friday at Temple Oheb Shalom.

Surviving are two sons, Alan Gamse of Baltimore and Roy Gamse of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth Davis of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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