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Nancy Peterson Nash

Nancy Peterson Nash died peacefully November 29, 2015 in Medford, Ore. She was born April 23, 1928 in Portland to Edmund and Helen Peterson.

Nancy graduated in 1945 from Washington High School in Portland, and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1949. She earned a master’s degree in education from Portland State University in 1970. She taught elementary school for 32 years.

Nancy was an avid skier, hiker and climber who scaled many of the Cascade peaks. She attended U.O. football games for 71 consecutive years, and loved playing the piano, listening to classical music, reading, and travel. She and her husband of 57 years, Kendall, founded Untour Travel in the 1980s, conducting travel classes and leading tour groups abroad, mostly in Europe, for 15 years. She was a voracious learner who, at age 84, attended an ecumenical institute in Israel for a three-week seminar on religion, history, and culture.

Throughout her life, Nancy was a passionate supporter of many causes and organizations, including churches in Portland and Medford, Central Medford High School, the Mazamas, Alpha Phi sorority, the ACLU, the Sierra Club, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kendall, and her son, Richard; and is survived by two sons, Bob and Doug, and their spouses and children.

A service celebrating Nancy’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson Street, Medford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, the ALS Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, or another charity of choice.