Nanette Cunliffe, 90, of Heritage Village, Southbury, Conn. and Rehoboth Beach passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, from cancer. She lived in the Village since 1973. She spent all her earlier years in Pelham Manor, N.Y., where she was born to Juanita and William Currie.
She attended the Low-Heywood School in Stamford, Conn. and graduated from Bradford Junior College in Haverhill, Mass. She raised her family in Pelham, NY, where she was active in the Manor Club, including an individual art show, and many community activities.
She spent a great deal of time in her summer home in Rehoboth Beach, which she visited since the 1930s. She was active in the Rehoboth Art League where she co-founded the annual Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Show and was its chairperson for many years. She also ran the Sketch Group for a long time and had an individual show of her own at the art league. She was an animal lover, particularly of cats, had many, and helped many animal welfare causes.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 59 years, Richard S. Cunliffe; and a son, Spencer Cunliffe. She is survived by a son, Thurlow Cunliffe of Managua, Nicaragua and Rehoboth Beach; daughter-in-law Gigi Cunliffe of San Rafael Calif.; two grandchildren, Jaedra McSweeney of San Carlos, Calif. and Jeremy Cunliffe of Managua, Nicaragua; and two great-grandchildren, Patrick and Kayleen McSweeney of San Carlos.
A family service will be held at Carpino Funeral Home in Southbury Conn. at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, led by the niece of the deceased, the Rev. Bonnie Evans of Lyndeborough N.H., followed by internment at Kensico Cemetery in New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Humane Society.