• Category Archives Obituaries
  • Margaret Anderson

    Margaret Anderson, 91, passed away April 29th. She was a past president of the NSWTA (National Senior Women’s Tennis Association) and an avid educator and tennis player. She is primarily responsible for the now wide-spread use of the
    “Coman” tiebreak (the ITF Senior tiebreak) the use of and recognition for which she successfully advocated when a member of the USTA then Adult/Senior Competition Committee.

    Margaret loved tennis and competed till age 89 in national tournaments. She was and educator most of her adult life and loved all kinds of sports too. She is survived by a bevy of nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren and great nieces and great nephews.

    You can read more here.

    From her obituary, in the Portland Oregonian: “A celebration of her life will be held beginning at 1 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019, in Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception. To share your thoughts and memories please visit www.dignitymemorial.com
    Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits

    Margaret, we will miss you.

    Margaret Anderson, Center with Fran Chandler and Tracy Houk at the Oregon State Championships
    Margaret, far right, enjoying the tennis at the Houston Racquet Club.

  • Lynn Little

    From Claudia Giacomini

    “Hi Carolyn, I just wanted to let you know that Lynn Little passed away today, May 10th 2019.  

    I thought you would know a way to pass this on to all the NSWTA senior ladies and the ones that aren’t  in it too.

    She had lung cancer and died peacefully at home after quite a long struggle.

    Thanks, Claudia Giacomini

    Lynn lived in the Palm Desert area and was 81 years old. In 2015 she played #1 on the victorious USA Queens Cup team in Umag, Croatia. She won numerous gold balls, primarily in doubles (many with Dorothy Matthiessen) and was a fine singles and mixed doubles player too. The tennis community will miss her.

  • RIP Betty Eisenstein and Betty Pratt

    The tennis world lost two amazing Betty’s this week.

    Betty Rosenquest Pratt passed away January 31, 2016 at age 90. She won the US Nationals doubles title in 1956, the precursor of the US Open. According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Rosenquest_Pratt), Betty, a Rollins College (1947) graduate, was ranked in the top ten in the USA in 1951, 1954 and 1956. She was a Wimbledon and US Nationals singles semifinalist in 1954 and 1956 respectively. She is a former US Wightman and Federation Cup captain. She was a member of the Hall of Fame of Rollins College (Sports), USTA Florida, Women’s ITA  and USTA Eastern.

    In 1995 Betty Pratt won the 65 and over ITF World Singles title. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-06-15/news/9506140267_1_betty-pratt-tennis-singles-title

    USTA Florida has a nice article on Betty Pratt here.

    Betty was a co-founder of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association (nswta.org).  

    For information on where to send condolences, click here.


    Betty Eisenstein competed through last May in the 90s. She passed away on February 1, 2016 at age 92. A lifelong published academic, she hit her stride in the 75s where she dominatedfor many years. Here’s an article about her from 2005: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/cover/2005/cover0923.html. Betty was  also a 1999 inductee into the Mid Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame: http://www.midatlantic.usta.com/Hall-of-Fame/1999/j.

    We will miss both of these  legends of tennis.

    Shown below, Betty Cookson, Betty Eisenstein, Conan, Elaine Mason and Cathie Hall (champions)

    90 doubles final 5-16-2015 5-35-16 PM

  • Obituary for Joan Lenore Kingsley

    Joan Lenore Kingsley peacefully went to be with the Lord at home with her life partner, Bonnye Bond, by her side on Saturday, January 9th, 2016. Joan was born on January 31, 1934 in New York, NY. She was raised in Bronxville, NY and attended Bronxville High School. She obtained a BS degree in Physical Education and Health, along with a MS and PH.D degree in Physical Education from New York University. She later obtained another MS degree in Counseling from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

    Joan started her career as a physical education teacher at Walton Central School in Walton, NY teaching girl’s physical education and coaching interscholastic sports. In 1963 she became a faculty member at the State University College at Oneonta, NY. She taught numerous health courses and coached the university varsity teams such as, field hockey, basketball, softball, and fencing. In 1969 Joan was named the Director of Women’s Athletics and in 1975 she was named the Chairperson of the Department of Health and Physical Education at the State University College at Oneonta. Joan was a highly regarded speaker on athletic issues. Joan was also a strong advocate for women’s rights and lectured nationally on women’s issues. Joan retired from the university in 1991.

    Joan had a love of adventure and a zest for life. She competed in field hockey, kayaking, golf and softball tournaments. She loved hiking and exploring new places. She had a passion for animals and raised cats, dogs, and exotic birds.

    Joan and Bonnye moved to San Antonio, TX in 1993. She was a member of the United States Tennis Association, Windcrest Tennis Club, and the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association. She was a highly ranked national player in each age group in which she competed. Joan was a member of Coker United Methodist Church serving as a Stephen Minister and was active in the adult Sunday school program.

    Joan will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life, her graciousness, loyalty to family, and wonderful sense of humor. She was a spiritual person who inspired others with her faith.

    Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Chauncey Frank Kingsley and Marion Etter Morf Kingsley. She is survived by her son, Thomas William Kingsley of Oneonta, NY; her sister, Diane Kingsley Vanderland of Temple, TX; her nephew, William Sidney Vanderland of Midland, TX; her nieces, Sandra Louise Hudson of Harker Heights, TX and Marian Alice Lowther of Seminole, FL; 7 grand nephews and nieces; and 5 great grand nephews and niece.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Joan’s name be given to Coker United Methodist Church of San Antonio, TX or any animal rescue organization.

  • Anne (Nancy) Hambleton Passes at Age 86: Long Time USTA and NSWTA Member

    From Peggy Sange, a good friend of Nancy’s:


    I think you might want to include information about the recent passing of Nancy (Ann) Hambleton of Annapolis, MD, at age 86.  She was a ranked singles and doubles player with NSWTA.  See below for an email I sent out to her many tennis friends and her obituary is attached at the end.

    Thanks so much.  –Peggy Sange

    Dear Friends, 

    I have some sad news to pass along to you. Nancy Hambleton died on Monday or renal failure. As you know she had not been well for several years and had recently moved to Ginger Cove. But this latest health issue was quite a surprise and she went very quickly. Surgery was not an option as she had lost a lot of weight and was not strong enough to survive surgery. 

    Lots of credit to her daughter, Jane, who allowed her to die with dignity and in peace.

    We all remember Nancy as a wonderful woman and a great tennis player. Tennis was her passion in life and she was devastated when her back issues prevented her from continuing to play. She was our role model for so many years – one of our oldest friends who was still playing tennis.

    Nancy was active in AACTA playing on the singles ladder and doubles with Susan Darnley and in USTA league tennis, serving as a captain of our first 70 & Over Super Duper Seniors from 2006 to 2010.

    Nancy continued to play singles and doubles with the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association and was on a select team [the Friendship Cup]  sent to Europe to represent the US. The only thing that stopped her was back surgery when she was 80. She even continued to be a ranked player after open-heart surgery.

    We will all miss her.

    You may send condolences to

    Jane Barba

    1787 Beachfield Rd

    Annapolis, MD 21409-6042

    And if you choose to send memorial contributions, Jane is sure that Nancy would want contributions to support the Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County in their efforts to build a community tennis center in Anne Arundel County. There will be a special plaque commemorating Nancy’s contribution to tennis in our county.

    Tennis Alliance AAC, 839 Bestgate Rd, Suite 400, Annapolis, MD 21401

    Mark checks: In Memory of Nancy Hambleton

    Love, Peggy

    obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/capitalgazette/obituary.aspx?n=anne-hambleton&pid=172558163

  • Pat Yeomans, 1917-2013: A tennis legend

    Here is Pat’s Obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-yeomans&pid=163656532#fbLoggedOut

    Here is Pat’s biography: http://web.wm.edu/tenniscenter/yeomans.html

    I know I will miss seeing her and learning more about tennis history. She was a wonderful lady, a great tennis player, who gave back to the game she loved. My sincere condolences to her family, weren’t we all lucky to have known Pat.

  • Jerry Kirk Passing

    From Hugh Thomson, Jerry’s longtime friend and doubles partner:

    Several things have taken shape since the last update. First  – there will be a service for Jerry at Peachtree Presbyterian (3434 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta ) at 1 pm on Thursday, Jan 12, 2012.  In particular, Barry Conway, with the assistance of some others, has  spearheaded putting this service together to remember Jerry.
       Following the service there will be a remembrance gathering at Hooters ( 2977 Cobb Pkwy SE ). For those who knew Jerry well, this is a fitting venue as he spent many hours at this Hooters location and others across the nation. Jerry’s good friend Kelly Hall has been very helpful in arranging this event,  If you have a couple of Jerry stories you would like to share with those present, please feel free to tell them ( limit of two as  some of us could fill up an hour on Jerry anecdotes ). Or if you cannot be there or prefer not to tell your story in person, and would like someone to read  your memory of Jerry, please email me.
       A memorial fund has been established. The Jerry Kirk Memorial Fund at the Bank of North Georgia, c/o  Kelly Green 334 E Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta,Ga  30305  for anyone that would like to remember Jerry this way. Ann and Thornton DeRosa  have been the movers in establishing this fund.
       There will be an event to honor Jerry at Bitsy Grant in early spring ( dates to be announced ) and another event at the Atlanta Senior Invitational in early May ( details still forming ). It has also been suggested that the backboard at Bitsy Grant be named as the Jerry Kirk backboard or a plaque put up as Jerry spent thousands of hours perfecting his forehand there.   Jerry would announce  he had a " new awesome "  forehand a couple of times a week and he had found it on Bitsy’s backboard. Mostly they turned out to be a work in progress and he would revert back to the old forehand when he played.
      I am also attaching the two published obituaries. The first was in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution Jan 7, 2012 and was compiled by several of Jerry’s friends. The second obit was published at   supersenior.info   in the forum section . This is a great website and resource for senior men ( sorry ladies, but  carolynnichols.com   is a great tennis site for women and men ) run by Alan Messer, a national tournament player who knew Jerry.


    There are two attachments below with further information about Jerry.