WILMINGTON — Nancy Lee Hissom, 65, born Nov. 16, 1955, passed away April 16, 2021. She dedicated her life to her family. A devoted wife, fiercely protective mother, and loyal friend, Nancy never missed a chance to share her love with those around her.
She was a lifelong Wilmington native. She loved Fort Fisher in the summer and marveled at the azaleas every spring.
Nancy earned a B.A. Degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an Associate Degree in Accounting from Miller Motte College. She valued education and encouraged her children to pursue their own passions and interests.
Nancy worked in many roles in her life. She was an administrator, accountant, special education teacher, caterer and she would say, most importantly, a mother and grandmother. She volunteered her time for her children’s PTA, band boosters, PFLAG and the Order of the Eastern Star. She adored animals, and they were drawn to her quiet, kind nature wherever she went. She made friends with everyone around her and was never hesitant to spark a conversation. One of the many ways Nancy showed her love was through cooking. She was an extraordinary Southern chef who knew old recipes and techniques otherwise long forgotten. Everyone was welcome at her table.
Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Norma D.H. Lee; and father, Curtis W. Lee.
She is survived by her sister, Judy L. Bass (Richard); husband, Charles M. Hissom; two sons, Bronson M. Hissom and Madison E. Hissom (Kaitlyn); and granddaughter, Eleanor L. Moore-Hissom.
Nancy was slow to anger, but quick to defend others. Her kindness was unguarded, and she shared her joy with all who needed it. She is beloved. The world is richer and brighter because of her.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 30, at Andrews Valley Chapel.
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