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ERICKSON, Nancy NANCY ERICKSON Atlanta's own Nancy Erickson, known as Mrs. Ashford Dunwoody by all the Atlantans she entertained for over 50 years, took her final bow on Friday, December 14th surrounded by her family. Nancy and her late husband Phil arrived in Atlanta in 1949 . Phil and his partner Dick Van Dyke had a television show on WSB-TV in the early 1950s. Nancy and Phil then opened Atlanta's first cabaret dinner theatre in 1955 called Wits' End. Nancy and Phil created the Wits' End Players who entertained Atlanta with original comedy for 35 years. The Wits' End Players were honored by Mayor Maynard Jackson with a "Wits' End Day" and by Governor Jimmy Carter with a proclamation to "commend the Wits' End Players for their contributions to our State and nation, bringing wisdom and laughter to our communities." She will be remembered with love and laughter by her 4 children, Steve, Kristin, Shari and Jamey, her 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Nancy and Phil's legacy of humor, satire and creativity continue on through the works of her 2 sons in their company, Wits' End Productions. A private memorial service for family members will be held at Arlington Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075. We applaud your final bow... Mrs. Ashford Dunwoody... We Love You!
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 19, 2012
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