Nancy (Nan) Phelps CAMPBELL|
Nancy (Nan) Phelps Campbell of Bellevue, Washington, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2013 at the age of 87. Nan was born July 7, 1926 in Tacoma and grew up in Seattle, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1945. In 1949 she graduated from the University of Washington, where she was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. It was at a fraternity event that she met "my Bruce". They married on December 17, 1949 and moved to east King County where they built a home and raised a family on the shores of Lake Sammamish. Nan and Bruce had a wonderful group of close friends, with whom they enjoyed Husky football games, playing bridge, and yearly trips to the Washington coast. In later years, Nan enjoyed tea with her granddaughters, frequent phone calls with her sister, lunches with 'the Bellevue Ladies,' and loudly interacting with every Seattle Sounders and Huskies match on TV.
Nan's thoughtfulness and concern for others led to a long and broad contribution to human services and community activism. Early on, she was a troop leader and board member with the Totem Girl Scout Council and devoted countless hours to the PTA at her children's schools. In the mid-1970s, Nan focused her efforts on improving the Crossroads area near her home. She co-founded a citizen committee that worked to secure funding for the Crossroads Park and Community Center and helped to develop human services and policies that continue to benefit the community today. In the 1980s, she served two terms on the Bellevue City Council, during which time her fellow council members elected her to become the city of Bellevue's first female mayor. She retired from public office in 1990, but continued to be a champion for human services in Bellevue with organizations such as YouthLink, United Way, and Youth Eastside Services (YES). She is fondly remembered by those closest to her as woman of grace, compassion, wit, and boundless energy.
Nan is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bruce, and their son, Roger. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughter Ann Spangler and husband Pat Doherty; her daughter Patty and husband Dominick DiGregorio; granddaughters, Zoey and Emma Whisler; her wonderful sister BJ Cunningham of Pittsburgh, PA; and countless family, friends, and colleagues. At her request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Youth Eastside Services in Bellevue (youtheastsideservices.org / 425-747-4937).
Please sign Nan's online Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 24, 2013