Nancy A. Simonds

Nancy Simonds, 75, of Ivoryton, beloved daughter of Lt. Col. Ernest L. Wood, passed away December 27, 2018. As a young woman, Nancy earned two Sustained Superior Performance Awards working for the Executive Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Pentagon and trained in the White House and Capitol Hill. She spent the most recent years of her life tirelessly serving the Middlesex County community through a number of charitable works including: member of the Essex Library Associations Book Club, International Rotarian and Program Chair, emissary for Mount Saint John’s Boys School in Deep River, emissary for The Crosby Educational Fund for Haiti, and spent over half her life performing volunteer services for area hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, homeless veterans, and 3 years for the National Theater of the Deaf. She enjoyed reading, writing (including two published anthologies), cooking, and aerobics. She is survived by her son, Robert W. Willgoos and wife Bonnie of Coventry, RI; 3 grandchildren, Alex, Tyler, and Megan, cousin, Barbara Schroeder, and many close friends. A short public service will be held at Robinson, Wright and Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook on Thursday, January 10th at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Make A Wish Foundation of Connecticut, 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611. To share a memory of Nancy or send a condolence to her family please visit