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Nancy Boynton Obituary
MERIDEN - Nancy Hogan Boynton, 76, a longtime resident of Meriden and Middlefield, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at the Connecticut Hospice after fighting a rare and aggressive form of cancer for 19 months. Nancy was the beloved wife of Richard Boynton, to whom she was married for 52 years. She was the daughter of Ed and Althine Hogan of Meriden.

She is survived by a sister, Polly Drake, of Phoenix, Ariz.; four children, Anne, 50, of Milford, John, 48, of Santa Monica, Calif., Tom, 45 and Polly, 42, of Meriden; and four grandchildren, John's daughter, Alia, 17, Tom's daughter, Kailey, 14; and Anne's two sons, Josh, 13, and Jeremy, 9.

After graduating from Brown University with a degree in English, Nancy worked as assistant advertising manager of the Yale University Press. In 1959 she became executive vice president and corporate secretary of Space Electronics in Berlin, an aerospace corporation founded by her husband Richard. Nancy retired from the business in 2005.

Nancy was a well-known poet and wrote two books of poetry: "Traveling the River," published in 1984, and "A Web of Longing and Desire," published in 2000. She loved playing tennis and continued to play even after being diagnosed with cancer. Nancy and her husband, Dick were folksingers in the 1960's, and performed in several coffee houses that were run by her husband. Nancy sang in church choirs for over 50 years and also performed in local choruses. She had a remarkable photographic memory. After singing a song once or twice, she remembered all the words to every verse and could sing without the music. While working at Space Electronics, she memorized hundreds of phone numbers and addresses after only seeing them once.

Nancy traveled overseas with her husband numerous times, often visiting exotic countries that rarely saw tourists. She was fluent in French, and this gave her an opportunity to use that talent. Nancy loved her garden, her house on the water at Lake Beseck, and her little green Volkswagen Beetle, but most of all, she loved her many friends.

A memorial service celebrating Nancy's life will be held at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22. There will be no calling hours before the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Wallingford Chorus, PO Box 4451, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 15, 2010
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