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Nancy Elliott, Yorktown's First Female Supervisor, Dies

Nancy Elliott, who was Yorktown's first female supervisor from 1980 to 1992 died Thursday, July 11 in North Carolina at age 89.
Nancy Elliott, who was Yorktown's first female supervisor from 1980 to 1992 died Thursday, July 11 in North Carolina at age 89. Photo Credit: Contributed

Nancy Elliott, Yorktown's first female supervisor, died Thursday, July 11 in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She was 89.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy Elliott, a former chair of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee and political legend who served 12 years as Yorktown supervisor from 1980 to 1992," Yorktown Republican Town Committee chair Christopher Arnold said in a statement.

"She was our first female supervisor and having been fortunate enough to grow up here to watch her in action, I witnessed her numerous achievements first hand and her tremendous loss grieves us all. Amongst her many accomplishments, she brought the Jefferson Valley Mall to Yorktown. Our condolences go out to her family and friends," said Arnold

Nancy Louise Elliott was born Oct. 8, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio, to parents Bob and Betty Rettig. She graduated from DeVilbiss High school in 1947 and went on to graduate from Denison University in 1951. She was the president of her Tri Delta sorority.

In 1952, she married John S. Elliott of Coshocton, Ohio. After stops in Biloxi, Mississippi, Columbus, Ohio and Seattle Washington John and Nancy settled in Yorktown which would become home for them for the next 30 years. John and Nancy were married for 57 years.

Elliott was very involved in her community and was a strong advocate for women. She was president of her chapter of The League of Women Voters and was elected to the Yorktown Town board. 

In 1980, she was elected to serve as the first woman supervisor of the town. She would lead the town for 12 years, being elected six times. 

Nancy was also an active member of the Methodist church wherever she lived, volunteering and attending her bible study group.

After retiring, John and Nancy moved to Evergreen, CO. Nancy moved to Hillsborough after John's death.

Elliott was a huge sports fan usually reading the sports section of the newspaper first. The Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos were favorites, but Nancy could watch any sport. Her love for sports came from her father who in 1994 was elected to the Toledo Sports Hall of Fame.

She is survived by children, John (Kim) Elliott of Evergreen, Colorado, Lynn (Greg) Carswell of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and Bruce (Carol) Elliott of Richmond, Virginia. She has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life service will be held at the University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Friday, Aug. 16

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