Nancy Ellen Maxfield Wells
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May 24, 1930 - September 26, 2012
Nancy was born in Los Angeles, California 82 years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, William Edward Wells (2007). She is survived by her daughter, Ruth (Philip) Buono, and her son, Mark (Terri) Wells. Nancy also leaves behind her grandchildren who already miss her so much. They are David (Pamela) Wells, Daniel (Rainbow) Wells, Nichele (Jeremy) Hubbs and Andrew Buono. Nancy was blessed with 3 great-grandchildren; Adam Taghzout, and Brandon and Kyra Hubbs; grandson, Daniel and his wife are expecting number 4. Nancy is also survived by her only brother, Charles Maxfield. Nancy graduated from California State University, Long Beach earning a teaching credential and immediately began her career as an English instructor at Samuel Gompers Junior High School. Soon she transferred to San Pedro High School where she stayed for 23 years before retiring from the LAUSD. While at San Pedro High she served as class sponsor for her daughter's class of 1971 and her son's class of 1973. Nancy was still teaching at LA Harbor Community College and West Los Angeles College when she became ill some 8 years ago. Nancy never stopped learning. She was honored with a Georgetown University Fellowship that enabled her to travel and enjoy many life experiences in foreign countries. One of her passions was traveling to Chiapas, Mexico to help refugees fleeing from war-torn Guatemala. She also had an exciting adventure on an African safari and a very interesting trip to China. Even on the home front she worked tirelessly on women's issues and was a strong feminist for many years. Nancy was an active member of the Pacific Unitarian Church in Palos Verdes as well as a practicing Wiccan, honoring the changing of the seasons and the elements of the earth. When her grandchildren were younger Nancy enjoyed taking them to her Baja, California retreat. While there the kids enjoyed exploring without having their parents breathing down their necks. Nancy loved to share fun "nancyisms" throughout her life. We'd like to close with her favorite ism for her loved ones: : "I love you more than tongue can tell."
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Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 4, 2012