Nancy Porter Neilson, 84, former teacher and gifted painter

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Nancy Porter Neilson
Nancy Porter Neilson

Nancy Porter Neilson, 84, passed on Monday, April 18, 2016. Remarkably, Nancy passed away on the birthday of her late husband, Roger Neilson. She loved Roger deeply, and we think the timing was no accident.

Nancy graduated from George School, a private Quaker high school near Newtown, Pa. She then attended Endicott Junior College and graduated from East Stroudsburg State University in Pennsylvania. Nancy was an elementary school teacher, specializing in teaching third and fourth grade.

She was a loving wife and mother who devoted herself to raising children and nurturing her family. Nancy was also an avid gardener, a gifted painter whose medium was watercolor, an accomplished pianist, and a very, very, very enthusiastic photographer.

In addition, she was a devoted supporter of Roger’s successful football coaching career. Roger’s former football players continued to seek out Nancy’s advice and guidance over the years, a practice they maintained even through the last few weeks of her life.

Nancy and her husband, Roger, retired from teaching in 1985 and lived for more than 25 years in Seven Lakes, N.C., before moving to Williamsburg in 2010. Nancy and Roger enjoyed traveling after they retired, visiting over 40 countries. Nancy was also a lifelong supporter of the Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center in upstate New York, vacationing there often, from her childhood, through her later years.

In addition to her husband, Roger, she was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Caroline.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Ed Reynolds; sons, Thomas and James Neilson; grandchildren, Ryan, Abbie Layne and Mitch; great-grandson, Teddy; and her loyal dog, Bandit.

A small family memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Silver Bay YMCA, 87 Silver Bay Road, Silver Bay, NY 12874; or the Roger Neilson Football Scholarship Fund, Pulaski Academy Central School, 2 Hinman Road, Pulaski, NY, 13142.

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