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Nancy Gordon Lipton 81, of Penn Valley, PA, a pioneer in women-owned small business in Philadelphia and owner of Two By Four Antiques and Collectibles, died Saturday January 11th from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Nancy opened her first Two By Four shop in Merion, PA in 1966, the name referencing the tiny 2' x 4' size of the first shop. After one year, the store expanded to a new location near Hymie's Delicatessen and the following year moved to a larger location on Montgomery Avenue, where she stayed for 15 years. Over 40 years, Nancy opened Two By Four shops in 17 locations around the Philadelphia region, including South Street, Main Street in Manayunk, Northeast Philadelphia, Valley Forge and King of Prussia. Her last store in Phoenixville PA closed in 2010. Originally a gift and card shop, Two By Four in the early 1970's began selling a unique blend of new and old merchandise, launching a new business category in the Philadelphia region of vintage collectibles. Her eclectic style was always just enough ahead of the curve to capture the public's attention and customers were enchanted by her unique vision. Nancy enjoyed many crafts and hobbies. Over the years, she collected thousands of strands of vintage beads. One of her greatest pleasures was crafting these beads into beautiful jewelry, which she also sold in her stores. Nancy began her career as a kindergarten teacher at the Cynwyd School in Bala Cynwyd, PA. She studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and classical piano in childhood, which she played until the end of her life, despite losing her other memory. In the 1960's she helped to form the Junior League for the Children's Hospital and organized fundraisers for the Annual Children's Hospital Ball. She became involved with The Main Line Temple Players, a theater company at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA. She either directed or choreographed several productions there including Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Flower Drum Song, Pajama Game and Anything Goes, often providing the accompanying score on piano. She directed children's summer theater programs for many years at Camp Green Lane in Green Lane, PA Nancy was born in Pittsburgh PA on May 18, 1932 to Louis Gordon and Francis Gordon (Schweitzer). She was a top student and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1949 and attended
Penn State University
where she received a B.A. degree in Education in June of 1952. While there she met Alan M. Lipschutz (Lipton), they were married for 56 years until 2008 when Alan passed away. Nancy is survived by her three children, Amy Lipton married to Ben Neill, Jane Lipton married to Karen Kolkka and Dr. Andrew Lipton married to Mary Ann Settembrino; 5 grand-children, Kadence Neill, Annette Ponnack, Jesse Ponnack, Asa Lipton, Aveda Lipton and 1 great grand-child, Bowie Barbara Meyers. Nancy Lipton defined the independent 20th century Renaissance woman as wife, mother, teacher, musician, painter, dancer and entrepreneur. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday January 17th at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to
or by mail P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011
Published in Main Line Media News on Jan. 15, 2014
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