Nancy Margaret Edmonds of Fairfield died Aug. 2, 2010, at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, after being stricken at home, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

She was born May 15, 1948, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Donald J. Edmonds and Margaret Boeselager. She was raised in Fairfield and graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1966. She attended Western State University, graduating with an associate's of science degree in 1968. Shortly after graduation, she began to work at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown as a psychiatric aide. While there, she attended the University of Bridgeport nursing program and graduated as a registered nurse.

From 1970 to 1972, Edmonds served in the U.S. Air Force as a nurse, rising to the rank of first lieutenant. She was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California where, in addition to her other duties, she flew medical evacuation flights from Clark Air Force Base, tending to wounded servicemen from Vietnam. After leaving the Air Force, she worked as a nurse in California for four years before returning to Connecticut, where she worked as a charge nurse at the Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center in Bridgeport from 1976 until her retirement in 2003.

Edmonds was an animal lover and, after her retirement, she became a docent at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

She is survived by her husband Michael Palmer of Fairfield; a brother, Robert J. Edmonds and his wife Judy of Fairfield; a sister-in-law Judith Edmonds of Fairfield; three nieces, Jessica Edmonds of Norwalk, Rebecca Mlynek of Cantonsville, Md., and Melissa of Brewerton, N.Y.; grand-nieces, Kiera Mlynek and Ashley Haskel; a grand-nephew Conrad Mlynek; a grandson Alexander S. Kantzas, the son of Christos and Traci (Palmer) Kantzas of Fairfield; cousins, Dennis and Frances Nunn of Worden, Mont., and special friends Sheryl and Michael Fratino and family; Mary Siegler, Lorraine Elwood and Paul Mathewson. She was predeceased by her brother, Henry Edmonds.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, concluding with a prayer service. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Women's Memorial Fund ( or to the Connecticut Beardsley Zoo's wolf exhibit, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06610. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit