Nancy Moss Fielding (née Fray) died peacefully on January 13, 2019 near her home in Bedminster, New Jersey. She was predeceased by her beloved husband James J. Fielding Jr. and is survived by her nine children: Michele and her husband Jim, James III, Philip, Brian and his wife Lynne, Barry and his wife Beverly, Sean, Christopher and his wife Mary, John Patrick and his wife Heidi, Meghan and her husband Gregory. She was blessed with sixteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is grieved by her beloved brother John Philip Fray and his wife Claire, her nephews Scott, Chris and Brendon, and her beloved cousin Jimmy Monde and wife Nan.
Nancy was born on February 21, 1929, in Waterbury, CT. As the daughter of decorated WWI veteran, John Philip Fray, and a spirited fun-loving mother, Adeline Charlotte (Moss) Fray, she inherited qualities from them that live on in her children and grandchildren today. She graduated from Roger Ludlowe High school in 1947 and attended Vermont Junior College. Nancy married the love of her life, WWII veteran and Silver Star recipient, James “Jimmy” Fielding and the two shared life journey that was rich in love, deep in friendship and strengthened through commitment.
An actress from her school days through her retirement years, Nancy was a joy on the stage. A long time member of Grosse Pointe Theatre in Michigan, she charmed audiences in numerous productions, including her favorites “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Although decidedly not a singer, her children note that she even landed a few (non-singing) roles in her beloved musicals over the years.
Nancy was a volunteer throughout her life for causes big and small. Perhaps most importantly for the Friends of Vision in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, working with young and old with vision issues. In her later years, she worked with her children to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research, a disease that afflicted her husband Jim.
To Nancy, her most important role was as wife to her beloved Jimmy, mom to her 9 children and then as dear Nana Moo to her grand- and great-grandchildren. She dedicated her life to her family, raising a many-times raucous crew that would have challenged the patience of Job with remarkable love and loyalty. Married for 64 years before Jim’s death in 2014, they faced the joys sorrows and setbacks that many families face with the dedication, faith and love that serve as a model for us all. Nancy passed away on what would have been the eve of her 69th wedding anniversary. She will be buried out of the Church of the Assumption in Fairfield Connecticut, where she and Jimmy were married and the biggest adventure of her life began.
Nancy will always be remembered with love by the many lives she touched and those she nurtured.
Friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Saturday January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Rd. Fairfield, CT, followed by burial at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, CT. Friends may call on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Grand Central Station P.O. Box 4777 NY, NY 10163 www.michaeljfox.org.
"She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing."