Lives Lived: Nancy Peach |

Lives Lived: Nancy Peach

Nancy Scott Peach of Nevada City died Oct. 9 of colon cancer. She was 61.

Services will be private.

She was born Sept. 18, 1948, in New York City, to freelance writer, George H. Waltz Jr. and Helen Scott Waltz.

She grew up in Westport, Conn. She was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport and of Castleton State College in Vermont. She taught skiing in Vermont for two seasons and then returned to Westport, where she taught swimming for many years, was a teaching naturalist at Earthplace, and was a Girl Scout leader for eight years. She was also a founding member of the Westport Community Band.

She married Ted Peach, formerly of Westport, and moved to Nevada City in 1987. She immediately joined the Nevada County Concert Band where she played euphonium. She sang in the choir and played hand bells at Sierra Presbyterian Church for 15 years and also sang in all the local presentations of Handel’s Messiah.

One of her passions was backpacking. She hiked thousands of miles on trails on both sides of the U.S. She and Ted took many backpacking trips together following their marriage, and drove across the country together 23 times. After her retirement, she resumed studying Spanish, picking up where she left off in high school. She and Ted enjoyed working in their family’s woodlands in Nevada City and watching wildlife near their home.

She is survived by her husband, Ted Peach, of Nevada City and his extended family; her aunt, Hilda Scott Lass of Massachusetts and five cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Center, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or to The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

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