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Nancy Hoffman

Nancy Taggart Hoffman died Oct. 7 in Davis, Calif., of leukemia. She was 75.

There will be a private service.

She was born July 22, 1935, in San Francisco to LeRoy Kyle Gay and Thelma Olga Taylor Gay. Nancy attended Miss Hamlin’s School for Girls, known today as The Hamlin School in San Francisco.



In 1957, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and also received a master’s in English from the University of California at San Francisco. Nancy was part of the Tri Delta Sorority at UCB and remained close to her sorority sisters.

In 1957, she married Cyril W. Appel and had two children. She later married John Adam Taggart and had a son. She raised her family in Los Altos Hills, Calif. In 1982, she became a widow, and married Raymond “Ray” Hoffman in 1983.




In 1995, Nancy and Ray moved to Grass Valley. They built two beautiful houses, both of which were on local home tours. Nancy was a talented interior designer and also taught English.

She was a friend to many and gave her all to friends, family and the many pets that found their way to her home.

She fought a long and difficult battle with breast cancer, liver cancer, finally succumbing to leukemia. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and dear friends.

She is survived by her children, John and Elizabeth Appel, Ross and Sita Taggart, and Alison and Stephen Knight; and grandchildren, Evan, David and Caitlin Ware, Kelly and Erin Appel, and Jairam and Ananda Taggart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hoffman in 2009; parents, LeRoy Kyle Gay and Thelma Olga Taylor Gay; and brother, LeRoy Kyle Gay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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