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Thelma “Cissy” Vanstone

July 06, 1940 ~ November 02, 2020

Thelma “Cissy” Vanstone, 80, has died, November 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, MA, and graduated from Fisher Junior College in Boston, MA where she spent several years, followed by 30 years in Mattapoisett, MA, 18 years in Fort Lauderdale, FL 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, FL and Marianne Vanstone of Delray Beach, FL, two grandchildren, Samuel Rourke of Fort Lauderdale and Abigail Cline of Chicago, IL, a sister, Betsy Dunn of Marion, MA and a sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Robert Mower of Rochester, MA 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 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.

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.

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Charlie Rowley

November 8, 2020, 4:46 pm

We all knew you as Thelma back in the day at Wareham High School. You will be missed. If we are able to gather in August of next year, you will be remembered for sure. God’s blessings and His comfort and care to husband Bob and family.

Pat Gray

November 8, 2020, 7:04 pm

I grew up with “Cissy” in Marion, enjoyed her friendship throughout grade school and high school…she had a great spirit and a wicked sense of humor! I last saw her at our 60th high school reunion on the Cape…I was impressed with her silversmithing, being an artist…she was an artist too…having illustrated our yearbook with her drawings. I wish her family comfort…she was the kind of big personality that probably resulted in a skillion interesting and funny stories that you will enjoy remembering and sharing for many years to come. I will raise my glass to her. She was one in a million. I am so sorry.

James Keefer

November 11, 2020, 12:31 am

Bob, This just popped up on my computer. I cannot tell you how broken hearted I am at her passing. I was lucky enough to have her as a friend for the last year and a half. We spent time wise cracking and ribbing each other and the world, laughing and making smart remarks about aviation, politics, and even illnesses and the bumps and bruises we had. I am proud to have her airplane in our hangar here in Lock Haven, Pa. and I will try to carry on with her aircraft doing what she wanted me to do, taking sick dogs and cats to the teaching hospitals for help with their needs. She was ( and in my mind is ) truly a remarkable person. I shall miss her. Your family and Cissy are in my prayers.

Pat Saunders Stimus

November 12, 2020, 2:46 am

So happy that she was flying. Dreams do come true

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