Thelma ‘Cissy’ Vanstone, 80
Thelma “Cissy” Vanstone, 80, has died on Nov. 2, 2020, in Boca Raton, FL from complications of Covid 19 which she contracted while in rehabilitation following surgery to repair a broken left hip. She was born and raised in Marion and graduated from Fisher Junior College in Boston, where she spent several years, followed by 30 years in Mattapoisett, 18 years in Fort Lauderdale, and the remainder in Port St. Lucie, FL.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bob, two daughters, Gail Vanstone of Fort Lauderdale, and Marianne Vanstone of Delray Beach, FL, two grandchildren, Samuel Rourke of Fort Lauderdale and Abigail Cline of Chicago, a sister, Betsy Dunn of Marion, and a sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Robert Mower of Rochester, plus numerous nephews and nieces. She also leaves a large number of friends, including many at the airport in Fort Pierce, all of whom she considered part of her family and would want acknowledged.
While having several secretarial, executive assistant and estate management jobs, her passion in life was her private flying career. Starting at age 50 she became an instrument rated pilot, successively owning three airplanes and specializing in cross country flying until retiring in 2018.
Following her express wishes there will be no formal services but a “really great” cocktail party will be held in her memory as soon as social gatherings become safe and generally acceptable.
For those wanting to honor her life in a material way, contributions to favorite charities are suggested. She would prefer animal rescue operations, her current favorite being Jim Keefer’s All God’s Creatures, 2760 Blair Street, Montoursville, PA 17754, where her last airplane is now being used to ferry dogs to locations where specialized medical treatments are available.
Arrangements are being handled by the Millennium Cremation Service of Port St. Lucie.