Elizabeth Nissen

Obituary of Elizabeth Nissen

Elizabeth Utter Nissen, a long time resident of Weekapaug, R.I. and New Canaan, died peacefully Saturday morning. She was 79 years old. Born in Providence, R.I., Betsey was the daughter of Mildred Fiske Utter and Henry Edwin Utter of Providence, where she lived and attended the Lincoln School before attending Wellesley College. She graduated in 1951 and was married to the late William Carl Nissen in 1953. She is a proud member of the Colonial Dames, the New Canaan Sewing Group, and active community volunteer with, among others, the New Canaan Public Library and Staying Put of New Canaan. After multiple moves between the coasts they settled around New York City and in New Canaan in 1972 where she raised her family. Mrs. Nissen is survived by her brother and his wife, Dr. Wilson and Isabel Utter. Her daughter Amy Bigelow lives with her husband, Brian, and two daughters, Sarah and Ellen, in Essex Junction, Vermont, and her son Carl of Farmington, Connecticut, his wife Kiki, and four children, Kristin, Willie, Kellie and Katie. Betsey’s family would like to thank Dr. Patricia Long- Dabbah for her loving care and friendship over the past 4 ½ years. A memorial service will be held at eleven in the morning Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of New Canaan with a reception to follow at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Canaan Library, the Stamford Cancer Foundation, or the First Congregational Church. Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., in charge of arrangements.
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