CHESHIRE — Nancy Louise (Anderson) Dayton passed peacefully on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Elim Park in Cheshire. She was the widow of Arthur Bliss Dayton, Jr. to whom she cherished 59 years of wedded bliss.
She was born at Waterbury Hospital on June 15, 1927 to Gunard Edward Anderson and Melanie (Lingenheld) Anderson. Nancy grew up in Naugatuck graduating from Salem High School and from Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. in 1947. She lived in Middlebury for 49 years where she raised her family and was active in the community before moving in 2005 to Elim Park Place in Cheshire. She served as a volunteer to a number of community service organizations including the Junior League of Waterbury, Mattatuck Museum, the YWCA, the Connecticut Child Welfare Society Waterbury Chapter of which she served as chairperson and the Waterbury Hospital Auxiliary of which she was a past president. She was a former member of the Middlebury Republican Town Committee and a deacon at the Middlebury Congregational Church. She was an avid bridge player, loved cooking and entertaining. Most of all she enjoyed her friends and family. In a special gift of life June 15 she celebrated her 85th birthday surrounded by her family.
She leaves three children and their spouses, Jonathan B. Dayton and his wife, Wendy C. Dayton, of Middlebury, Thomas B. Dayton and his wife, Janice M. Dayton, of West Hartford and Elizabeth Dayton Barber and her husband, William C. Barber of Cheshire. She also leaves seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Michael B. Dayton of Middlebury, Katherine E. Dayton of New York City, Matthew M. Dayton and his wife, Dr. Margot H. Dayton, and their daughter, Allison M. Dayton of Glastonbury, James T. Dayton of West Hartford, Lt. Caroline Dayton Kearney USCG and her husband, Lt. Daniel J. Kearney USCG of Coos Bay, Ore., Peter E. Barber of Washington D.C., and Charles W. Barber of Stamford.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 30, at the Middlebury Congregational Church located on the Green, 1242 Whittemore Road, Middlebury. The Alderson Funeral Home of Waterbury, 9 Holmes Ave. is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Middlebury Congregational Church Book of Remembrance Fund, 1242 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762.
For further information, to light a memorial candle, or to send an e-mail condolence, visit www.aldersonfuneralhomes.com.