Nancy S. Chatelain, needleworker, store owner

June 4, 2012

Nancy S. Chatelain, 67, a former Great Falls resident who owned two needlework stores in the Washington area, died May 23 at her home in Wiscasset, Maine.

She had ovarian cancer, said her husband Leon Chatelain III.

Mrs. Chatelain co-owned the Woolgatherers Shop in Leesburg from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s. She later owned the Designing Cat shop in Great Falls for about a decade.

At the stores, which sold needlework supplies, Mrs. Chatelain taught courses in handicrafts. She was skilled in rug braiding, needlepoint, knitting, counted cross stitch and quilting.

She moved to Maine in 2000 but maintained an apartment in Bethesda.

Nancy Ann Sutton was born in Indianapolis and grew up in St. Louis. She settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s.

Her first marriage, to Donald Aurand, ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Leon Chatelain III of Wiscasset and Bethesda; a daughter from her first marriage, Margaret B. Schneider of Chicago; a daughter from her second marriage, Emilie N. Chatelain of Austin; three brothers; three sisters; and one granddaughter.

— Emily Langer