Obituary: Elizabeth D. Moseley, 92, former Darien resident
Elizabeth (Wisty) DeCoster Moseley of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, died at the age of 92 on November 30, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
She was born in St. Paul, MN, and leaves behind daughters Christine Moseley Milloff (husband Mark) and Lisa Cole Moseley, and son Peter Livingston Moseley (wife Lisa). Her husband of 67 years, Thomas Clark Moseley, Sr., passed away just 2 months ago. Together they had 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and were longtime residents of Darien, Connecticut; Naples, Florida; and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
She is predeceased by son Thomas Clark Moseley Jr, parents Marie & Donald W. DeCoster, and 4 brothers: Donald (wife Carolyn), Douglas (wife Jean), Norman, and Stephen (wife Anne).
Wisty graduated from St Paul Summit Academy and Wellesley College in 1948, majoring in Art History. After college, Wisty taught English in post-war Paris for a year, and later taught art in local Darien Schools. She worked as a commercial artist and art director with her own business — at home and later as co-founder of MS Advertising in Rowayton, CT. She was also a prolific writer and painter, with local exhibitions and the publication of poetry, short stories, and travel articles.
Her love for sailing began as a child on White Bear Lake in St. Paul, MN, and continued as a competitive sailor in Darien; more recently she enjoyed the sailing club “Water Lilies,” at the Quisset Yacht Club in Falmouth, MA. She was an enthusiastic tennis player and golfer at Woods Hole Golf Club.
A frequent volunteer, Wisty was president of UNICEF in Stamford, Connecticut; Vice President of the Wellesley Club; chairperson of the Landscape Committee at Windstar Country Club in Naples, Florida; co-chair of G.O.P. for George H Bush Sr in Fairfield County; and an active volunteer at the Junior League, League of Women Voters, AFS scholarships abroad, United Fund, Audubon Society, and Naples Garden Club.
She was well-read, engaged in living life fully, and traveled with Tom around the globe and to the many plays, sports tournaments, and graduations of their children and grandchildren, often traveling great distances to be a part of every important family event. And over the years, she especially loved family reunions with her Minnesota family at Madeline Island, Wisconsin, and Sanibal Island, Florida. Wisty was to all her extended family the grand matriarch, leading outings to the beach, lunches at the club, and hosting large get togethers where family gathered to bask in her positivity and love. She will be missed by all.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole, MA, on December 28 at 10 AM.