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Nancy Ellis Moore Thompson
February 24, 2023


Mystic - Nancy Ellis Moore Thompson, 79, passed away peacefully Feb. 24, 2023, in the presence of her family. A resident of Masonicare at Mystic, she is survived by her three children, Ashley Foley (Shaun) of Stonington, Jenifer Breezley (Steve) of Durango, Colo. and Reynolds Thompson of Arvada, Colo.; her six grandchildren (who called her "Boo") Jack and Sam Breezley, Phoebe, Connor and Cricket Foley, and Cate Thompson; as well as her siblings, Joanie Hammer of Carbondale, Colo. and Bill Moore of Big Timber, Mont. Nancy was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Reynolds W. Thompson in 2017, and her sister, Lee Moore.

Nancy was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Elizabeth, N.J., the first born to her parents, Anne Burnham and William B. Moore. After spending very early years of life in New Jersey and Miami, Nancy was raised in historical New Castle, Del. at their "Packet Alley" home. Nancy attended The Tatnall School in Wilmington, Del., where she excelled at sports including field hockey and tennis. Nancy went on to graduate from Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire, where she fell in love with New England living.

Nancy spent her early adult years working for the World Fair in New York City in 1963, and later for Harvard Student Agencies in Cambridge, Mass. A passionate alpine skier, she also lived in Aspen, Colo., and Vermont, where she eventually met her husband, Renny, on a blind date at the top of Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush. They were married in June of 1968, in New Castle and initially lived in New York City.

Nancy was the most devoted wife and mother and raised their children in Weston, Mass, North Hampton, N.H. and subsequently Princeton, N.J. area, where they lived for 18 years. Eventually, Nancy's love for the coast led them to retire on Mason's Island in Mystic.

Nancy was an avid gardener and cook and enjoyed traveling and leisurely beach days. She spent summers growing up on the New Jersey shore in Bay Head and Mantoloking, later spending time on the coast of Maine and in the mountains of Montana and Colorado with family. She shared an admiration for houses and architecture (and many home renovations) with her husband. She enjoyed long walks with friends and neighbors up until her last days. She will be remembered for her kind positive nature, love and commitment to family and friends, and her resilient fighting spirit.

A service will be held this spring, to celebrate her in the time of year she loved most. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Masonicare Charity Foundation of Connecticut.

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Dinoto Funeral Home
17 Pearl Street
Mystic, CT 06355