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Nicole Standish, Mayflower Descendant

Nicole Standish, an Old Greenwich resident and lifelong Quaker, died of ovarian cancer Oct. 11 at Greenwich Hospital. She was 58.

A lover of learning, Standish earned a bachelor's degree in American studies at Moravian College, a master's in urban studies at Lehigh University, certification at the Institute for Organizational Management in Boulder and a law degree at Pace University School of Law, where she chaired the National Environmental Moot Court. She immersed herself in the Garden Club of Old Greenwich and the Junior League. Before moving to Greenwich, Standish taught English in Japan for four years.

Standish was a direct descendent of Capt. Myles Standish, who was aboard the Mayflower and played a main role in the administration and defense of Plymouth Colony. She enjoyed historic architecture and art, photography and National Public Radio. Standish excelled at planning trips for her family.

Her various positions included economic development and personnel management analyst at Westport Tomorrow of Kansas City, Mo.; executive director of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, Grandview, Mo.; project manager for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and director of marketing for the Newport, Rhode Island, Chamber of Commerce.

She is survived by her husband, Chester Dale Miller; mother, Simone de Greve; and sisters, Georgia Standish and Melanie Standish. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13. Memorial donations can be made in Standish's name to the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation, 416 Coventry Court, Helena, MT 59601 or Camp Mak-A-Dream, P.O. Box 1450, Missoula, MT 59806.

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