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Nancy Hawley Wilsea 1916-2019

Updated: Jul 1, 2019

Nancy Hawley Wilsea – February 2, 1916 to June 20, 2019


Nancy passed away peacefully at her home in Kent, CT. at the age of 103.

She was a lifelong farmer and her greatest joy was telling her hay baler stories and sharing her love for tractors and equipment, especially John Deere. Nancy lived an exceptional life and she touched so many people with her generosity and positive can-do attitude. She loved her family farm which she cared for and maintained most of her life. She had a passion for building and her skills and experiences in this area where unparalleled. Her motto forever was “don’t smoke, instead buy 2x4’s”.


A few things to note about Nancy; she had her first model-T at age 13, she was flying planes at age 16 (Alexander Eaglerock biplane), with her beautiful voice she sang in several concerts while being accompanied by her husband (concert pianist), she opened a raw milk dairy, she built 6 houses, she never had a drop of alcohol, she knew about the Higgs Boson Theory, she loved and recited poetry to her last day, and she attributed her longevity to peanut butter and honey. Nancy also took great pride in being part of the junior league and would share stories of learning to translate letters and books into braille.


Nancy was born in Bridgeport, CT to Dr. George Hawley and Ann Paine Murray along with her late brother Robert Murray Hawley. With her father as a well-known Orthopedic Surgeon and her mother a Floradora girl on Broadway, it gave Nancy freedoms not typically provided to girls at that time. 


Nancy is survived by her loving family; her beloved son William Lang Sr, grandsons William Lang Jr & Gene Heroux and Great grandchildren Emily Lang, Madison Lang, Timothy Heroux, Robert Heroux, Breanna Read, Nathan Read Jr, and Spencer Reed. She was predeceased by her loving husband Fred Wilsea.


Nancy will be cremated and buried at the Kent Hollow Cemetery along with Fred and her Hawley-Waller ancestral family. Private service announcements will be available at a later date.




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