Nannette Foley Woolford
1949 - 2021
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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 ( 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

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Published in The Sacramento Bee from Apr. 23 to Apr. 25, 2021.
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May 7, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Nan was an amazing woman, mother and friend. Blessings The Mendez Family.
Susan Mendez
May 2, 2021
Nan was a wonderful, kind person who had a great sense of humor. She loved her family. Many prayers to Libby , Bill and family.
Bettie Holmes
April 30, 2021
So sorry, Bill and family, to hear about Nan's passing. She remains a very special person, from Sacred Heart and way beyond.
Carol Steinauer Bald
April 29, 2021
Blessings Nannette as you rest in peace, you will be missed by many. May God hold your family in the palm of his hands, as they go through this most difficult time.
Patti Murphy
April 28, 2021
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April 28, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Nan was a wonderful person, we have enjoyed working with her throughout the years. She will truly be missed. From all of us at Affordable Trenchless & Pipe Lining.
Karen Petersen
April 27, 2021
You will be missed, Nannette. Our love and good thoughts to you, Woolford family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Heather + Steve Ostrom
April 24, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Your daughter spoke highly of you and her passion for life is a true testament to the legacy you leave.
WSS Family
April 24, 2021
My deepest condolences to her Family and all those she loved. Sincerely, James Koewler
James Koewler
April 24, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Sending hugs to your family.
Julie and Mike Kvarme
April 23, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I have known Nan since our days at Sacred Heart all through graduation from San Diego State in 1971. She will be missed by so many. Prayers and blessings to the whole family.
Meme Mecchi Whichard
April 23, 2021
I loved working with Nan at Coldwell Banker. She was professional, very likeable and such a joy in every way.
Randy Hartley
April 23, 2021
A beautiful tribute and sweet story, Libby. Hugs to you and your family. Your mom will be sorely missed.
Lauren Covert
April 23, 2021
Nan truly was a special person, warm and friendly. She will be missed dearly. RIP
Mary Gann Ghaemian
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