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Nancy Zelles

Nancy Ruth Taylor Zelles, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, passed away in her Walnut Creek, Calif., home Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. She was 74.

A gathering of friends and family will be scheduled in the spring in California.

Nancy was born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Aug. 22, 1938. She attended Douglass College in New Brunswick, N.J., and was a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in English. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Dr. Gary Warren Zelles, for 49 years until his death from cancer in 2008. They made many friends in Camp LeJeune, N.C., Pleasanton Calif., Kitty Hawk, N.C., and Nevada City, Calif. Nancy was a vibrant woman who loved her Airedale dogs, cooking, knitting and kayaking. Her letter-writing, story-telling and hollandaise sauce were legendary. Nancy endeared all those who met her with her engaging conversational manner.

She is survived by her children, Brian Zelles, Craig Zelles, Dale Zelles, Allison Zelles Lloyd and Traci Zelles Bavin, and their spouses; her grandchildren, Danielle, Christina, Veronica, Abigail, Liam, Ada, Cove and Catalina; and great-granddaughter Kylie; and her sister, Grace Whittemore of Clinton, N.Y. She also leaves behind the beloved Zelles clan in Long Beach Island, N.J., and many cherished nieces and nephews in upstate New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to Hospice of the Foothills in remembrance of her devotion to her husband.


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