Nancy Hessney

September 30, 1956 - March 14, 2023
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Nancy Ann Hessney

Nancy Hessney, born Nancy Clark, grew up in Wichita Kansas, the daughter of Jody and Clifford Clark. Nancy lived in Kansas during her school years and early adulthood.

After moving to Colorado, Nancy eventually went to work for a large aerospace company and began a career that would continue for over thirty years. Her career eventually led her to the Washington DC area. It was there that she eventually met and married her husband, Harry Hessney on April 26, 1989. They established their home in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington DC.

Over her years in the DC area, Nancy worked diligently managing contractual relationships between her employer companies and their Government customers. She was recognized by her employers as an outstanding employee several times. Nancy was particularly excited when the company she worked for named her the Outstanding Employee of the Year. She was the first woman to ever receive that award. She was also honored as one of the Outstanding Women in Technology in the National Capitol Region, Nancy ended her career as an executive with a Fortune 500 company, retiring in 2013.

Always loving to travel, Nancy visited many parts of the world including Europe, Africa,  Asia, South America and North America. She believed that travel enriched her life, giving her an appreciation for the natural beauty of other countries and the cultures of the people she would see during her travels.

After retirement, Nancy and Harry moved to Southern Arizona and established a home in Marana. Nancy grew to love the Tucson area and all of the southwestern United States. Always a person to give of herself to others, Nancy mentored small business owners in pursuing sources of funding and support to launch and grow their business opportunities.

Nancy grew to love the southwestern people and the art and culture that distinguishes the Native American and Hispanic peoples of our region. Always adventurous and exuberant in life, she loved exploring the southwest, meeting new people, enjoying friends and family and spending time on the golf course. Nancy came to appreciate that she had a creative side and enjoyed photography, cooking, working with ceramic media and even trying her hand at weaving.

A life long lover of music, Nancy enjoyed going to the varied music venues in the Tucson area. She could appreciate all types of music whether jazz, pop, R&B, mariachi, opera or orchestral.

Nancy understood that life had given her many benefits and she never took it for granted. Her kind heart, her compassion for others that may be facing hardships and her willingness to help earned her the love and friendship of many. She contributed time to supporting activities devoted to improving the lives of children facing difficult circumstances.

Nancy passed away suddenly on the night of March 14, 2023. She was 66 years old. Hers was a beautiful life cut short much too soon.

Nancy is survived by her husband Harry, step daughter Caitlin Gibbons and her husband Conor and daughter Violet, Nancy’s sister Jane Williams and husband Gene, brother Chad Clark and wife Debbie, brother Craig Clark and wife Robin, brother Mike Clark and wife Suzie, many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and all of the others who loved her and were loved in return.

A viewing for Nancy will be held on March 29 at 2 pm at the Marana Mortuary followed at 3 pm by a testimonial service to celebrate her life and memory.

Attended by her family, Nancy will be buried at the Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Marana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organizations that Nancy loved for the support they provided to children.

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Born: September 30, 1956
Died: March 14, 2023

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Janie Williams posted on 4/1/23

Nancy, you left us far too soon. Your kindness, wisdom, laughter and love will always remain with me. Harry, I love you and thank you for always being a part of our family adventures. Thank you Nancy, I will always love you.


Cindy Ruich posted on 3/29/23

Nancy was a bright light who supported our students and families through her volunteer work as a member of the YES group. She volunteered at both of our big events, networked through the Chamber, and lical media. She will be missed greatly!


Kristin Palant posted on 3/29/23

Dear Nancy was a regular guest of ours at Spawell El Conquistador where she frequented our Spa. She said it was her "happy place". We will miss her visits and her kindness. We are very sorry for your loss- she will be missed.


Tim Williams posted on 3/28/23

Remembering my aunt Nancy who was one of the most important people in my life. Thank you for being a light in my life and a role model who helped shape me into the man I am today. I miss you so much. Sending all my thoughts and prayers to Uncle Harry


Karen W Yuccas posted on 3/24/23

Oh my dear fabulous Libra BFF, you have left a huge hole in my heart. You were the best type of friend anyone could wish for. Always kind, caring and supportive. You made me a better mother, friend and partner. Your love and devotion to Harry was always on full display. You were a shining star always providing so much love and light. You will forever be in my heart. Sending much love and support to Harry, Cait and family.


Rene Taylor posted on 3/24/23

What a shock to hear of the sudden loss of such an amazing and delightful person. Nancy was so loving, welcoming, supportive and positive. It was truly a privilege to know Nancy. I will forever miss her contagious laugh and her warmth. My heartfelt condolences to Harry and their family.


Judy Ibrado posted on 3/20/23

Remembering a mighty fine lady with an abundance of character, kindness and wit. Nancy impacted and influenced all the lives she touched. Her infectious laughter was contagious and her enthusiasm for a cause was her hallmark. A heart that has touched many lives cant help but live on in those it loved. Nancy was a precious gift and we our truly blessed to have had her in our lives.


Jake Smith posted on 3/19/23

Sending so much love and light reflective of the warmth we all felt from Nancy


Jamie posted on 3/19/23

What a tremendous loss. Sending love to all who knew and loved her. Harry, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. The love you shared as a couple was infectious. I will forever be better for knowing Nancy. Much love, Jamie, Douglas and Archie


Kevin Lopez posted on 3/19/23

May her memory continue to light up our lives and motivate us to explore new experiences. As we grieve Nancy’s transition, may the warmth of her love envelop our hearts and bring comfort to Harry and all of the families and friends that loved her.


Jody Bunch posted on 3/19/23

Nancy was a friend to all. She was genuinely interested in others´ lives. And she could remember so many details about so many people! She helped others at every opportunity. She was a very thoughtful gift giver. And her love and respect for her husband was always very obvious. How she is missed already. A huge loss to so many. Jody Bunch, Friend