Nancy R. Coley, 89. Of Westport, Conn. Sister of James E. Coley 3rd. of Clinton Conn. passed Friday February 26, 2021 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after an ongoing battle with pneumonia and complications associated with old age. Nancy was born in Norwalk, CT to the late James E. Coley 2nd & Kathleen Andrews Coley residing in Westport Conn. She was a graduate of Bedford Jr. High & Staples High School of Westport Conn., attended the New York School of Fine Arts of NYC, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Art. She had a long career as a technical illustrator with Sikorsky Aircraft and later Norden Systems where she became the director of Technical Art and subsequently retired. Nancy was a long time member of the Westport VFW Post 399 Auxiliary where she served as senior vice president of the auxiliary from 2001 to 2016. She is best remembered for her direct involvement in creating many Memorial Day Parade floats and recognizing those who served our country. Nancy also shared a love for gardening and was the first woman president of the Westport Horticultural Society. She was also involved in the Westport Sportsmen’s Club and a member of Christ & Holy Trinity Church. In addition to her family she enjoyed a lifelong passion for sailing, cruising and fishing on Long Island Sound with her friends and family. She will be most remembered as an excellent artist, social activity coordinator, devout Boater and home maker. In addition to her brother James she is survived, and will be dearly missed by: four nephews Andrew F. of Westbrook, CT., Thomas P., wife Bonnie and children Melissa & Heather of Clinton, CT., Michael J., wife Heather and children Collin & Celesta of Veron, CT. and Christopher J., ex-wife Holly and children Trevor & Patrick of East lyme, CT.
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Private Funeral services will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 75 Church La, Westport, CT. 06880 on March 4th 2021 at 11:00 AM, followed by graveside internment services at Willow Brook Cemetery 395 Main St, Westport CT, 06880. A reception is to follow at the Westport VFW Post 399 at 465 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in her memory may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06413 or the Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 75 Church La, Westport, CT 06880.