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Nancy J. Johnson passed away peacefully on October 11, 2021, at home with her family following a long illness.

She was born to late John Paul Synnott, II and Aldona Isabel Yanchitis Synnott on January 25, 1939, in Bridgeport, CT.  and had four siblings: Patricia Ann Webb, Bonnie Jaqueline (Corris) Synnott, and John Paul Synnott, III, all of whom are deceased.

Her marriage to William Roy “Big Pat” Sherrill, II (now deceased) produced two children, April and William Roy “Little Pat”, III. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Thomas Codey Foster (Erin), Maria Kathryn “Kate” Foster, Lindsay Nichole Katilius, Haley Madison Hernandez (Israel) and Justin Mayfield. She leaves behind 9 great grandchildren: Kaylee, Levi, Callan, and Ethan Foster; Tristan Katilius; Giovani, Lorena, Isabel, and Amelia Hernandez and Justin Carter “JC” Mayfield.

Nancy is also survived by her loving niece Tracy Webb, and nephews; John Webb, and Michael, Charles, and Buddy Corris.

Nancy earned an associate’s degree in Deaf Studies and became an interpreter for the deaf. She also worked with Native Americans in the Outward-Bound program in Montana. She received her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Nancy moved to Beaufort in 1990 and was active in the AA community and had more than 30 years of sobriety. She has served countless people as a retired therapist, AA sponsor and interpreter for the deaf. She loved her family, learning new things, reading, the ocean, and animals.

Nancy was an artist, writer and gardener and gave “forever homes” to countless stray cats. Her door was always open and the coffee pot always on for anyone in need of a listening ear.  Nancy was loved and respected by many. Her skill and intuitive guidance helped countless alcoholics achieve sobriety and live productive lives.

Nancy’s expertise as a counselor led her to co-found Beaufort’s Emotions Anonymous group, which helped those in need learn to cope with life’s challenges. As in AA, she provided her healing services without charge.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club at 5 p.m. Saturday October 23 followed by a reception.

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  1. Bee Grabowski says:

    A Saint that helped so many has moved on to live with God.

    I love Nancy so much, but I have missed her since moving back to NC.

    April & Family and Pat & his family you are in my prayers. As well as all of us who knew and loved her…


  2. Tracy Webb says:

    My Aunt Nancy was more like a Mom to me, than an Aunt. She loved me unconditionally and taught me to love the same way. I’m so eternally grateful for the past year that I got to spend with her, helping her. All her tidbits of wisdom, I will never forget. I’ll miss her hugs and cheek kisses, her laugh, and her love.
    Everyone loved Nancy like family and she will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to everyone, family, friends and acquaintances. Nancy is finally with God, who she always made number one in her life. I love you, Aunt Nancy.

  3. Betty garvin says:

    Nancy I miss you a lot already my neighbor my friend I’m gonna keep lit for you at nite on the porch as long as I can I’m gonna miss your hugs

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