Nancy Jane Abbott

Nancy Jane Abbott, age 78, of Leesburg, VA, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020, at her home in Leesburg, VA, with her husband at her side.

Born in Dallas on Thursday, April 16, 1942, Nancy was the daughter of Doris (Harman) Kessler and the late Harry Campbell Jr. She attended Texas Christian University and was a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Always open for adventure, Nancy welcomed opportunities to sample life across America — New Orlean, Los Angeles and Washington — and the wider world, including extended overseas assignments with her husband, first in the Army in Germany and later in diplomatic postings in Tokyo, Brasilia, and London. Nancy never met a stranger; she made friends readily and established an international circle of cosmopolitan friends that enriched her life and the lives of all around her. Wherever she landed, Nancy was active in community work, and was always sought out for the leadership spark she provided for any project. An avid duplicate bridge player, Nancy was well-known on the northern Virginia bridge club circuit. A life master, she taught bridge for 40 years and for many years was an officer of the American Bridge Teachers Association.

Nancy is survived by her husband, John Michael Abbott; her mother, Doris Kessler; sister, Sally (husband Tom) Morse; brother, Colin (wife Inga) Campbell; six nieces and three nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a more tranquil time when friends are able to gather. A private interment will be held for family only. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association.

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