Nancy D. Rascoe

Published 8:40 am Saturday, December 1, 2018

Elizabeth City – Nancy Bragg Dawson Rascoe, 86, of 1014 Rivershore Road, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Mrs. Rascoe was born in Pasquotank County on February 18, 1932, and was the daughter of the late Braxton Bragg Dawson Sr. and Edna Jones Nixon Dawson. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City. Attending the Elizabeth City public schools, she graduated from Elizabeth City High School in 1950, from Saint Mary’s College in 1952, and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1954, with a Bachelor’s degree in Primary and Physical Education. She was a Sister of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was later a teacher and girls basketball coach at Norview High School in Norfolk, VA. Upon her marriage to Peter Rascoe Jr., she taught school at Windsor Elementary School, and subsequently at Miss Annie Gray Burden’s Kindergarten, also in Windsor. She was the founder and Head of School of Bucklesberry Play School and Kindergarten in Windsor, and was a volunteer teacher at Lawrence Academy.

In 1992, she and her husband Peter founded the 1812 on the Perquimans Bed & Breakfast Inn in Hertford. The next year they started the Summer Etiquette School at 1812 on the Perquimans. This program ran for 25 years, teaching young ladies and gentlemen proper etiquette, manners, respect for others and themselves, and the social customs important to become successful professionals and business leaders. All her teachings were prompted by her strong belief in Jesus Christ. Later she was volunteer etiquette instructor for the Chowan County Schools. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh.

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Mrs. Rascoe researched, wrote, and published the book, “The Sandy Banks Live On,” an updated history of her own generation’s experiences along the northern Outer Banks of NC, from Wash Woods to Portsmouth Island.

Community involvement included her being a Life Director of The Historic Hope Foundation in Windsor, co-founding the Roanoke-Chowan Mental Health Agency, being certified by the NC Department of Corrections as a volunteer layman in prison ministry, and a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America-North Carolina. For all of these things and others, in 2018, she was awarded The Order of The Long Leaf Pine by the Governor.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Peter Rascoe Jr.; and by her sister, Tommye Nixon Dawson.

Surviving are her husband, Paul A. Stevenson; her brother, Braxton Bragg Dawson, Jr. of Washington; three sons, John Peter Rascoe III of Dare County, Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe Sr. and wife, Gina Stone Rascoe, of Windsor, and Francis Edward Nixon Rascoe Sr. and wife, Elisabeth Beale Joyner Rascoe, also of Windsor; six grandchildren, Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe Jr. and wife, Briley, Hunter Aaron Spivey Rascoe and wife, Betsy, Lucy Mae Holliday Rascoe, Katherine Granbery Rascoe, Francis Edward Nixon Rascoe Jr., and Elisabeth Joyner Rascoe; and two great-grandchildren, Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe III, and Ella Charles Stone Rascoe. Also surviving are her husband’s children, Nicholas S. Stevenson, John T. Stevenson III, P. Lindsay Stevenson, Brigid Mae Stevenson Jenkins, and Shelley Jill Stevenson Hill, and their families.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Windsor, by the Rev. Joseph W. Cooper. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 302 S. Queen Street, Windsor, NC 27983, or Church Of The Redeemer, 207 South 343, Camden, NC 27921, or to one’s favorite charity.

Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, is assisting the family and online condolences may be made by visiting