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Nancy Aileen Kelly

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Nancy Aileen Kelly Obituary
October 18, 1945 - June 4, 2016 Nancy Aileen Kelly, age 70, passed away at her sister's home in Acworth, Georgia on Saturday, June 4, 2016, succumbing to her third bout of cancer. She is survived by her sister Meredith Lewis and husband Phil; brother William Kelly and wife Jeanne; nephew Jeffrey Lewis, his wife Tara, and their two children, Ryan and Emma; nephew Christopher Lewis and wife Camille; dear friends of many years Victoria Weatherhead, Joseph Dory, Linda Dean, and Peggy Blount, and her many, many other friends who love and will miss her. Nancy was born in Portland, Oregon to Gleason and Rosalie Kelly. After graduation from Grant High School, she attended Oregon State University where she was elected 2nd Vice President of the Associated Students after serving as president of her residence hall and then as Women's Residence Hall president. She received an Outstanding Senior award, and after studying in London for a semester, graduated with degrees in English and History. She later received a Master's degree in History from UCLA. Nancy began working at Pacific Mutual Life (now Pacific Life) in the San Francisco Group Office after graduation from Oregon State and transferred to the Los Angeles Home Office in 1969 as a part time employee while she pursued her advanced degree. After attaining her Master's degree, she worked in several departments before joining the Pension Department where she was an underwriter for many years. An accomplished seamstress, when she left Pacific Mutual she began a children's clothing company, Griffin Dell, and as a sideline, also made upscale Christmas Tree skirts that were works of art. Her needlecrafter friends will remember the needlepoint pillows she made for everyday decorating and for Christmas. She worked in the subscription department of the trade publication, Registered Representative for several years. Her final employer was Allegiance Capital where she was a financial services representative. Nancy had a wide range of interests. She learned to upholster furniture and had a wonderful eye for decorating. She loved collecting sets of china, especially Christmas china, and books. Nancy was a Master Gardener who enjoyed working with her many MG friends at the UC Irvine Arboretum. She maintained her love of history, especially medieval English history, and was doing research for a book she meant to write about the English city of Wells and its Cathedral when she became ill. Nancy's greatest achievement, however, was her ability to make friends and maintain those friendships for a lifetime. She will be missed by her Master Gardener friends who worked with her, by the members of the voluntary Homeowners Association that she helped found, and by her neighbors who dropped by in great numbers to see her in her Santa Ana home before she moved to Georgia to spend her final days with family. Nancy's desire was to be cremated and her ashes placed with those of her parents in the family grave at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland, Oregon. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. on July 20th, 2016.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 11 to June 12, 2016
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