Nancy Kenna Ivison
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Formerly of New Canaan
Nancy Kenna Ivison, most recently of Atlanta, Georgia, was born April 25, 1920 in Knoxville, TN to Louise and Jo Kenna.
She grew up in Charleston, WV where she attended Charleston High School and later Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, NC. She was a graduate of King- Smith Studio School in Washington, DC where she studied Theater Arts and Drawing.
Mrs. Ivison returned to Charleston and was an ambulance driver during W.W.II. She met and married Quin Morton, also of Charleston, with whom she had two daughters, Nancy Louise and Alice Byrd Morton.
Nancy and Quin divorced in 1955 and Nancy later married M. Thayer Ivison of New York City and moved with him to New Canaan, CT where she lived until 2007. Nancy and Thayer had two children together, Catherine Cady and Douglas Thayer Ivison.
In 1975, Nancy became the proprietor of the Pymander Bookshop in Westport, CT through which her outreach to the community was felt for thirty years until she finally sold the shop at the age of 84. She moved to Atlanta in 2007 where she lived until her peaceful passing on August 27th.
Nancy is survived by her four children Nancy, Alice, Catherine and Doug and seven grandchildren Robert Stephen and Sarah Hutchinson, Rachael and Geoffery Ivison, Brigitta Nicole and Gabrielle Elizabeth Myers, and Ann Lee Rose Ivison Payne. She also leaves behind one great-grandson Solomon Grey Coker; two step-children Linda and Jay Ivison and many beloved nieces and nephews. We will all miss her warmth and wit, her compassionate ear for all our troubles and triumphs, and her loving support in all our endeavors. She is famous among all her family for her great love of animals, and her joy in the beauty of flowers which she tended lovingly all her life.
Funeral services will be at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Atlanta on Saturday, September 1. The family will receive friends Friday from 5pm-7pm at Turner Funeral Home, 2773 North Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA 30033. There will be a Memorial Service in New Canaan in September
Published in The Hour on Aug. 31, 2012