Peoria - Nancy Anne Mitchell Kingsley, 81, of Peoria passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., after a brief illness.
Nancy was born on March 30, 1932, in St. Louis to Darragh M. and Anne (Hille) Mitchell. She married Thomas C. Kingsley on June 27, 1953, in Kirkwood, Mo. Tom passed away in 2006.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, Susan K. Robinson (Matthew) of Prairie Village, Kan.; her son, Thomas H. Kingsley (Gina) of Carol Stream, Ill.; her stepson Thomas L. Criser (Leslie) of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren, Molly R. Koenigsdorf (Scott), Virginia M. Robinson, Thomas M. Kingsley and Lauren C. Kingsley; great-grandson Colin C. Koenigsdorf; and her sister Susan Mitchell Callis of Sedalia, Mo.
Nancy grew up in Kirkwood, Mo., and graduated from high school in three years. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
She taught in public and private schools in St. Louis and Portland, Maine. From 1964 to 1967, the family lived in Tokyo, Japan, with Caterpillar Inc. For 15 years, she motivated others as a lecturer for Weight Watchers in central Illinois.
In recent years, she volunteered with A. TouVelle Estate Sales and the Illinois Eye Center.
She joined Willow Knolls Country Club when it was founded and continued to be an advocate for the Willow Knolls YMCA. Nancy was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A 50-year member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, Nancy was active in Peoria's alumnae Pan-Hellenic community.
A gifted writer and journalist, Nancy maintained a lifelong interest in the media, politics and film.
A celebration of her life will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, with 10:30 a.m. visitation and 11 a.m. memorial service. Interment will be after the service in the church's columbarium, followed by a reception.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 3601 N. North St., Peoria, IL 61604.