Nannette Foley Woolford
August 25, 1949 - April 13, 2021
Sacramento, California - Nan passed away April 13th in the comfort of her home. She is survived by her husband Bill, children Libby (John) and Todd (Sydney), grandchildren Charles and Francesca, brother Father J. Patrick Foley, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nan was preceded in death by her parents Mildred and Robert Foley, mother-in-law Eleanor Woolford, and siblings Bruce, Mary, Bob, Jane, and Terry Foley.
She grew up in East Sac attending Sacred Heart and St. Francis, playing tennis and swimming at Sutter Lawn, and working in the summers at Hastings and Weinstocks. An example of a true East Sac love story, Nan met the love of her life, Bill at Little Lucky's on 48th & J Streets in 1968. He was a bag boy and she was in charge of grocery shopping for her family of nine. In 1971, after Nan finished school at San Diego State, she and Bill were married. Bill was Nan's rock, soulmate, and best friend. This August would have marked 50 years of marriage, a story abundant in love, laughter, adventure, and hard work.
From 1971 to 1978, Nan was a devoted elementary school teacher in Sac City Unified and Vacaville Unified. She genuinely cared for her students and loved the camaraderie of her fellow teachers. As the commute to Vacaville waned on her and she and Bill wanted to start a family, Nan, along with Bill, transitioned into real estate in 1978. Being a realtor, both at Lyon and Coldwell Banker, was more than a career, it was a passion built around fostering relationships and a love of Sacramento and its architecture. She was a passionate advocate for her clients for 42 years. Officially retiring in December of 2020, it wasn't a chapter she was ready to close.
The friendships she cultivated in her teaching and real estate careers and Libby and Todd's school and sports days transitioned to friends that are considered extended family decades later. She had a knack for creating connections and making people feel incredibly special and heard.
Nan absolutely adored her family. Favorite traditions included Sunday night dinners, Woolfies Christmas-Eve, SF Giants games, puzzle & game nights, and family vacations, especially those to Kauai and Europe.
Nan didn't let her 18-year battle with breast cancer define her; rather her courage, strength and bravery with a dose of sarcasm and wit drove her to be a better wife, mom, gammy and friend. Time is precious and she was determined to make the most of each day.
The outpouring of love throughout Nan's journey has been incredible, to say the least. Her family has been wrapped in love from near and far and they are so very grateful.
In memory of Nan, remembrances may be made to the Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome Foundation (www.wssfoundation.org
: 1314 44th St, Sac, CA 95819), WEAVE, or any non-profit meaningful to you.
A private graveside service will be held next month with a celebration of life at a later date when it is safer to gather. If you would like to be kept apprised of details associated with the celebration of life, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org