Nancy Maxwell, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Hospice of the Foothills after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. She was 70.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA 95959.
Nancy was born July 31, 1943, in San Diego, Calif., and grew up in Jamestown, N.Y. Her family moved to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California when she was about 15 years old.
This is where Nancy spent the next 26 years finishing school and raising a family. She discovered the town of Grass Valley in the late 1970s on a family vacation. She said it felt a lot like Jamestown and she hoped to retire there someday.
Nancy finally moved to Grass Valley in 1984 where she made many new friendships and started the next phase of her life. She enjoyed being a part of the community and volunteering for local events.
Her biggest passion was teaching computer courses at the senior center and she found she was very good at it. She loved to study the Bible and had a deep appreciation of nature. Most of all, she was a hard worker who continued to work in helping others until her last breath.
Nancy was one of those rare souls that everyone loved and pivoted around. She was always giving to others, expecting nothing in return. She was a kind and fun spirit who will be deeply missed by all.
She continues to live on by the lives of her three children, Kenneth, Deborah and Kevin White; grandchildren Sara and Emily Messervey; brothers Gordon Robins, Joseph and Anthony Russo and their families.