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Nancy N. Wilcox, longtime resident of Guilford and more recently of Evergreen Woods, North Branford, entered peacefully into eternal rest on July 9, surrounded in love by her family. Nancy was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Elliot J. Wilcox. Born Dec. 16, 1932, in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Clarence H. Neher and Evelyn M. (Carman) Neher.
Nancy is survived by four children, Mark and Susan (Dauphinais) Wilcox of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Martha Wilcox Grigsby of Madison, Peter and Laurie Wilcox of Cheshire, and Peggy Wilcox of Guilford; and eight grandchildren, Kara (Sri) Pattipatti, Christopher Wilcox, Sam (Alyssa Foxx) Grigsby, Emily Grigsby, Alexa and Jocelyn Wilcox, and Sarah and Kate Russell. She also leaves her sister-in-law Charlotte Weiler of Broomfield, Colorado; a niece; two nephews and their families; and many friends.
Nancy graduated from New Canaan High School and attended Willimantic State Teachers College (now ECSU) with a degree in early childhood education. Nancy taught first grade at Calvin Leete Elementary School in Guilford before transitioning to her 30+ year career as a pre-kindergarten teacher at North Guilford Nursery School and then at The Country School in Madison. She took great pride and joy in aiding the development of young learners.
Nancy was a lifelong doll collector, her specialty being witches. October was her favorite month when the house was fully decorated, and trick or treaters were invited in for a tour. She was an active member of the Connecticut Sand-Dollers Doll Club for many years; a Girl Scout for more than 40 years; guided school field trips at Bishop’s Orchards; and was an accomplished gardener, seamstress, cake decorator, and baker. She may have been best known for her oversized, delectable chocolate chip cookies! Nancy learned to swim in her 30’s and subsequently enjoyed many summers swimming around the rocks at Indian Cove.
Nancy and Elliot married on Jan. 4, 1958, and settled in Guilford, where they raised their four children. After a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2000, the couple moved to Evergreen Woods in North Branford in 2005, where Nancy served on numerous resident committees. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the Evergreen Woods Health Center staff for their love and care of Nancy over the past several years, and support of the family.
Calling hours will be July 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Ste. 800, Miami, FL 33131, or a charity of one’s choice. To share a memory or leave condolences, visit www.guilfordfuneralhome.com.
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