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Anne Reilly, 91

Anne “Nancy” Reilly of Westport died June 4. She was 91.

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Anne Reilly: Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was born March 29, 1927 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where she lived for several years with parents, Claire and Ralph Goodman and her siblings. 

When her mother remarried Stu Crary, the family moved to Westport in 1940. She graduated from Staples High School, met and married the love of her life in 1949, and together they raised their three boys.

She and Don enjoyed many years of designing and building their home and gardens; collecting and restoring antique furniture and art, and traveling extensively with family and friends. 

Nancy will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, strong intellect, creativity and charismatic art of story telling talent.

She enjoyed the love of family and a love of beauty; she developed passion for portrait painting, fine art, the opera and fashion. 

She studied oil painting with local noted artist, Samuel Brown and established a successful career as a prominent painter, winning numerous prestigious awards in national art organizations including the Allied Artists of America, The National Arts Club of New York, the American Artists Professional League, and the Artist Fellowship of New York. 

For her many accomplishments in fine art, she has been recognized by and listed in “Who’s Who in American Artists.”

Nancy also taught painting and was a devoted volunteer at the Norwalk Hospital where she spent Saturdays for 11 years working in the Rehabilitation Unit painting portrait sketches of patients using art as a rehabilitative tool.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who took pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. We love her and will miss her dearly. 

In addition to her husband of 69 years, Donald E. Reilly, she is survived by her three sons, Kevin Reilly and his wife Leslie of Newfield, New York; William Reilly and his wife Laura of Enfield, New York, and Peter Reilly and his wife Mary of Rye, New Hampshire; her grandchildren Colin, Marissa, Mia, Meg and Conor Reilly; sister-in-law Eloise Reilly and brother Richard Goodman of Honolulu as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her sister, June Parker.

A special thanks to Miriam Street-Desouza and Annastacia Mokgosi of Visiting Angels, Fairfield, for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor can be made to The Artists Fellowship, 47 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation that will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor can be made to The Artists Fellowship, 47 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003. 

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