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Nancy Lobdell


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Nancy Lobdell Obituary
December 16, 1929 - August 19, 2018 Nancy Marion Lower Lobdell, a Long Beach native who was active in a variety of community organizations in her hometown before spending her later retirement years in Palo Alto, passed away on August 19, 2018. She was 88. Born on December 16, 1929, Nancy attended Los Cerritos Elementary School, Washington Junior High School, and Long Beach Poly High School. At USC, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and graduated with a teaching degree. Nancy taught the fourth grade in the El Segundo Unified School District and lived in Hermosa Beach, where she met her future husband, Robert Charles Lobdell. The couple married in 1952 at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach and remained together until Robert passed away in 2008. In 1957, the Lobdells moved with their two young children, Terri and John, to Ohio. The couple had two more sons, Bill and Jim, there before resettling in Long Beach in 1965. After more than a decade as a stay-at-home mom, Nancy began her second career in the 1970s as a public relations specialist for California State University, Long Beach and was eventually promoted director of community relations, working for the Office of the President. She retired in 1986. Nancy played an active role in local philanthropy, with the Junior League of Long Beach (she served as its president), St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Long Beach Museum of Art and Fine Arts Affiliates (which supported the arts at California State University, Long Beach) among her favorite nonprofits. In her retirement years, Nancy and her husband led annual art tours to Florence and the Tuscan countryside and became doting grandparents to their 12 grandchildren. In 2004, the couple moved to Palo Alto, where two of their children lived. With Robert's passing, Nancy lived out her years at The Vi at Palo Alto retirement community, in which she was an active member. She also was a Sunday fixture at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Nancy was survived by her brother, Bill; four children, Terri, John, Bill and Jim; son-in-law Bill Johnson; daughters-in-law Leslie MacDonald and Colleen Anderson; twelve grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Donations can be made to Nancy's favorite charity, the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund, a national nonprofit that provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering. Please sign the guestbook at presstelegram.com.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Jan. 13, 2019
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