Nancy Sarah (Webb) Griess, formerly of Lodi and Modesto, passed away peacefully on Sep 2nd at St. Francis Assisted Care in Turlock, CA, at the age of 96.
Nancy was born in Tahlequah, OK, to George and Victoria Webb in 1925. George died when Nancy was only one, and with most of her childhood falling squarely in the Great Depression years, she began to help support the family at an early age by working as a housekeeper and field hand. In about 1943, she and her mother moved with Nancy's sister's family to the Phoenix area, six of them making the trip in a Model A. Her brother-in-law worked for a grower, in whose orchard she met her husband-to-be, Herbert Walter Griess. They began to date, and she introduced him to the Church of Christ. They married in 1946, a marriage that carried them through 72 years until his death in 2019.
Herb and Nancy moved to Modesto in 1959, where they lived for over 40 years, took up farming, and eventually grew almonds. They finally retired to Lodi.
Nancy was entirely devoted to her family and to the church. She loved to cook and was known for her Southern-style meals.
She is survived by her two sons and two daughters, Linda (Mike) Bryant of Santa Maria, Kerry of Ceres, Carolyn of Nipomo, and Jeffrey (Kim) of Sandy, OR; as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert; and siblings, Homer and Hattie Webb and Icie, Bannie, and Howard Pierce.
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep 28, at the Chapel of Flowers, Cherokee Memorial Park, in Lodi.
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Sep. 9 to Sep. 16, 2021.