In Memoriam: Funeral Notice, June 11, 2022 | Obituary


PONTIUS, Nancy Marguerite

Nancy died on June 4, 2022 at the age of 56. The cause of death was complications from terminal lung cancer.

Nancy was born in Florida but has lived most of her life in Tucson, Arizona. She attended Catalina High School and the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona.

As a teenager, Nancy performed in local musical theater groups. After returning to Tucson, she continued to perform and compose music. She was part of the Tucson indie band Barely Bipedal and also started her own collaborative venture, Project Bluebird. Through the Bluebird Project, Nancy has connected with musicians and songwriters around the world to create music, promote activism and encourage independent artists. Nancy had a beautiful contralto voice, and she used it to express beautiful thoughts. She was a gifted poet and composer.

Nancy was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth Buchanan, and her father, Dale Pontius. She is survived by her two sisters, Sally (Walden) Browne and Claire (Cameron) Radon and her stepfather, Roger Henderson. She is survived by her beloved friend Daniel Brudno. Although Nancy had no children of her own, she took a great interest in the lives of her sisters’ children and was a loving aunt. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews: Nicoletta and Alex Browne and Lena, Jackson and Fiona Radon. Barbara Atwood and Misse Smith, close friends of Nancy’s mother, watched over Nancy throughout her life, but especially during this difficult last year. She considered them family and she loved them.

Nancy was beautiful inside and out. She had a bright, creative mind and a loving, generous nature. She had many hardships in life, but she remained a generous and supportive friend who cared deeply for those dear to her. Nancy is survived by many friends around the world who loved and will miss her terribly. His family will miss him terribly.

We express our sincere thanks for the support given to Nancy by TMC Hospice. In particular, her exceptional palliative care nurse, Liam, helped Nancy immeasurably during the last months of her life. Mireya Valencia and Nancy’s other caregivers at Shepherd Hills were loving and kind to her, and their attentions are greatly appreciated. Stephanie Smith, a family friend and caregiver, provided Nancy with companionship, comfort and peace during her last weeks of life.

No official memorial is planned at this time. Those wishing to honor Nancy may contribute in her name to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.

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