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Marin Independent Journal
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002

Nancy Ford

Born December 31, 1918 in Patterson, CA, died September 23, 2002 at Pine Ridge Health Care in San Rafael. Nancy lived in Mill Valley for over 40 years. Her colorful and eccentric personality along with her Nordic beauty will be remembered and talked about long after her passing. She will be remembered for her legendary musical concerts that she held in her home and her fabulous parties. She loved everybody, and everybody loved her. Wherever she went, it was like the circus came to town. Nancy served on the Board of the Mountain Play for many years. She owned and operated an Art Gallery in Fairfax called "Buffs Gallery" along with her late husband, George Skiff Ford Jr. during the late 1960s. They also owned and operated a gallery in San Francisco on Maiden Lane. Nancy was a gifted concert pianist, chorus director, and singer. She performed solo at the Hollywood Bowl when she was 16. She was also the World's Fastest Typist featured in a booth at the World's Fair during 1939-1940, typing over 180 words per minute. During the last few years of her life she enjoyed sitting on the bench in front of Peet's Coffee in Mill Valley, where everyone who passed by would say, "Hi Nancy, how's it going?" She will be greatly missed. Mill Valley will never by the same without her. She is survived by one daughter, Buffy Ford Stewart of Novato, CA; two sons, Marc Torvend Ford of Crozet, VA, and George Skiff Ford III of Mill Valley, CA; five grandchildren, Saynt Ford of Grass Valley, CA, Ciel Michelle Leon Ford of Modesto, CA, George Skiff Ford IV of Santa Rosa, CA, Luke Torvend Stewart of San Francisco, CA, and Noelle Boucher Ford of Portland, OR; and two great grandchildren, Tennessee Ford and Jonathan Ford of Grass Valley, CA. Services will be held on Sunday, September 29th at 2:00 PM at The Church of Our Saviour, 10 Old Mill Street, Mill Valley, CA, 415-388-1907. The Church is located on the corner of Old Mill Street and Lovell, across from the Old Mill School. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151

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