Born into a lineage of strong women on April 25, 1941, Nancy carved a successful path as a mother, mentor, businesswoman, and friend.
Friends and family of Nancy knew her as a true Francophile. Nancy’s love of Paris began in Miss Archibald’s French class at Harry Ells High School in Richmond, CA. Nancy would eventually study for a semester at The Sorbonne in Paris, and embark on a return trip to create treasured memories with her daughters in 1998. Nancy was accomplished in French cuisine, perfecting the tempestuous hollandaise and béchamel sauces, and sharing her culinary creations as gifts of friendship and love for those lucky enough to know her.
Nancy earned a college degree in French from U.C. Berkeley in 1964. She moved to San Diego in 1966, where she would briefly teach Catholic school, marry, start a family, and build a life of leadership and generosity, swiftly becoming a pillar of the San Diego real estate community.
Widely known and respected by her clients and colleagues, Nancy started her career at Regatta Real Estate before building her own business at Village Realtors. Ultimately, Nancy joined the Willis Allen Real Estate team where clients adored her and fellow realtors relied upon her for her infinite experience. Throughout her career, Nancy is fondly remembered for mentoring new realtors, and as a member of the San Diego Real Estate Ethics Board, Nancy always could be counted on for her integrity. She led by example, showing that buying and selling properties had more to do with building a foundation in which friendships are formed, memories are made, and promises are kept.
In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed cooking and baking, spending time with her family, enjoying her beloved cats, and being an unwavering fan of the UC Berkeley Cal Bears. As an avid sports fan, Nancy loved watching football and baseball both in person and on TV. She was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and avid reader of the Sunday paper up until the days right before her passing.
Nancy is survived by her daughters, Crista Jeremiason of Martinez, CA, Stacey Kinley and son-in-law Robert Kinley of Pinole, CA, sister Barbara Jean Brown of Willmington, DE as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. In her final days, Nancy reminisced about a friendship of 70 years with Nancy O’Brien Dirito, as the two had been inseparable regardless of time and distance.
To celebrate Nancy’s life of compassion and generosity, Stacey and Crista suggest sending memorial contributions to the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Humane Society.