WILMINGTON - MB Nesbitt died peacefully at her home on Monday, August 29. She lived a full and adventurous life, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. MB was born on November 22, 1960, and raised in Syracuse, NY, alongside her older sister Marcia. Her mother, Verne, and father, Robert were well-known and respected in the local community. MB was a rambunctious child, always encouraging local kids to join in on the fun and antics. She stayed busy playing soccer, working odd jobs, and volunteering for the church.
She attended Manlius Pebble Hill High School in Syracuse, graduating at only 17, and made her way to Burlington to study at the University of Vermont. UVM was only the beginning of MB’s eventful college career. After sophomore year, she transferred to Oregon State and was recruited to join the varsity rowing team. The following summer she moved to Santa Barbara where she fell in love with rugby and the beach. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then moved to Concord, NH and enrolled at Franklin Pierce Law School, eventually transferring to Vanderbilt University to complete her law degree. MB was fiercely intelligent and an extremely hard worker. She became the first female partner at her law firm in Connecticut, and handled high profile cases all over the country.
As a young adult, MB was an avid adventurer and loved traveling the world. She explored Europe as well as visiting Australia and New Zealand. Many of her journeys didn’t go quite as planned, but that made for even better stories, which she loved to share with family and friends.
MB and her partner Emily settled down in Wilmington where they raised their four children. They watched as MB helped construct her dream home, a beautiful log cabin in the woods. She left corporate life and pursued other careers in retail management at Home Depot and Dick’s Sporting Goods. She also worked as the athletic director at Leland & Gray High School for several years. MB was active in the community through Valley Youth Sports programs and enjoyed coaching soccer and basketball. She coached all of her kids and led several teams to winning seasons and tournament championships. MB was a lifelong athlete and enthusiastic sports fan. She instilled this passion in her kids as well. She loved skiing, soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball. She was a devoted supporter of New England sports teams and particularly loved going to games at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium.
MB loved jokes, whether it was telling corny ones to make kids laugh, or planning the ultimate April Fools’ prank on her sister. She enjoyed a variety of music and had an impressive record collection. MB had a soft spot for dogs, and had at least one throughout her entire adult life. She was passionate about nature and the outdoors. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and spending time on the water. She will be remembered as a loving mother, a valued community member, and a friend to all.
MB was preceded in death by her beloved son Dal. She is survived by her remaining three children Travis, Savannah, and Cade, as well as her older sister Marcia. A celebration of life will be held at Memorial Hall in Wilmington on Saturday, September 10, at 1 pm. Light food and drinks will be served. The family encourages friends to gather and share fond memories.