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Nancy Eaton Obituary
Nancy Eaton
Oct. 31, 1926 - June 28, 2013
Resident of Los Altos
Nancy was born and grew up in Los Angeles, the only child of Marion A. and Zell M. Zeitlin. Her father was a founding member of the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese. After graduating from University High School in Los Angeles, she attended U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in biology and graduated at the top of her class in 1948. While at Berkeley, she married a fellow UC student, Jerry P. Eaton of Woodland, CA. Jerry's work as a seismologist and volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey took the Eatons first to Hawaii and later to Denver and finally to northern California, where they settled in Los Altos. As a member of the Los Altos Planning Commission during the 1970s, Nancy was involved in the development of seismic safety and affordable housing plans for the city. She pursued lifelong interests in ceramics, gardening and the art of bonsai. She was a member of the Kusamura Bonsai Club, the Bay Area Shohin Group, and the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) for many years. She served as the editor of these organizations' monthly newsletters and helped to organize annual local bonsai shows as well as state Federation conventions . In her ceramics work, she specialized in the production of bonsai pots modeled on traditional Japanese originals. Although arthritis ended her activities as a potter several years ago, her pots continue to be sought after by bonsaists to this day. Nancy's generosity, openness to new experiences, and genuine interest in other people won her many friends throughout her life. She was preceded in death by Jerry in 2004 and is survived and deeply missed by her children—Marian Eaton of Los Altos, Jeffrey Eaton of Eugene (OR), Dana Foss of Dixon, and Carol Britt of Vacaville—as well as grand-daughter Lindsay Kelly and three great-grand-children—Dylan, Alyson, and Bryan Kelly. A family memorial gathering has been held. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (mail to Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, P.O. Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610-6176).

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 3, 2013
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