Nancy Cannell – Knox County VillageSoup
CAMDEN – Nancy Williams Pendleton Cannell, 78, died peacefully in Camden on Sunday October 17, 2021 after battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years.
Nancy lived a full and adventurous life. She was born on April 13, 1943 in Massilon, Ohio, to Pyam Winsor Williams of Islesboro and Mary Elizabeth Crowley Williams of Columbus, Ohio. Nancy attended Albertus Magnus and Connecticut Colleges, then moved to her family home in Islesboro, and shortly thereafter married Donald King Pendleton on February 20, 1965. As a dedicated mother, Nancy raised her two sons Donald Roderick (Rod) and Edwin. on Pyam (Ted) Pendleton with unsurpassed love and devotion.
There is very little that Nancy couldn’t and couldn’t do in her life. Nancy was artistic, determined, and energetic until her last day. As a seamstress, Nancy sewed quilts and other home furnishings after learning the craft from her mother-in-law, Eva Kelly Pendleton. As a nature artist, she drew and painted without prior training, which made her happy. Her coastal garden was large, varied, and productive, and her flowers and arrangements were always beautiful. She designed and helped build her own homes, from the style and floor plan to the design and decor. Nancy was a gifted athlete, winning college fencing tournaments, ducking and shooting Islesboro clay pigeons, fishing for lobsters in Penobscot Bay, and cruising around the world including Maine, the Caribbean, Britain, Europe and Pacific Southeast Asia. She was also a licensed light aircraft pilot.
Nancy was an adventurous traveler who had lived in Ohio, Connecticut, Maine, Nassau, Florida, England, Thailand, and the Philippines. After marrying Geoffrey Briggs Cannell of England on November 7, 1989, she traveled extensively, touring Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, India and places in between. Attending Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure, traveling Europe on the Orient Express, and cruising along the Maine coast were some of her fondest memories.
Nancy is survived by her siblings Elizabeth (Beth) Williams Brock, Ellen Williams, and John (Jack) Pyam Williams; Children Donald Roderick and Edwin Pyam Pendleton from Islesboro, their wives Denise Beaupre Pendleton and Emily Claire Slocum Pendleton, and daughter Elizabeth Duggan from Maumee, Ohio; four grandchildren, William Roderick, Harrison Winsor, Isaac Fields, and Pyam Winsor Pendleton.
Reminders and condolences can be shared on ripsotafh.com. Photos and pictures of Nancy’s life and art can be found at pendleton.ws.