Nancy Lee Ar­naut­off

May 19, 1957 - Sept. 3, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Nancy Lee Ar­naut­off of Wal­nut Creek and Se­bastopol, CA, died Sun­day, Sept.3, 2017, from a head in­jury sus­tained from an ac­ci­den­tal fall while walk­ing her beloved dogs, Rose and Clover, at her sum­mer home in Half­moon Bay, B.C.

Nancy was the lov­ing wife of Peter Ar­naut­off and de­voted mother to her chil­dren, Sean Guil­bault and Megan Granucci, and step­son, Paul (Jamie) Ar­naut­off. She was and will for­ever be “Nana Lee” to her pre­cious and ador­ing grand­daugh­ters, Rhi­an­non Lee, Dy­lan, and Ava.

Nancy was born May 19th, 1957, in Vancouver, B.C., to Joanne Ber­na­dine and Richard Fee John­son (de­ceased). Sur­rounded by love and hu­mor (with just a bit of teas­ing), Nancy grew up with four sib­lings, Jayne, Tim (de­ceased), Tammy, and Susie. Her ex­tended fam­ily in­cludes her sis­ters-in-law, Patty Wal­ters and Marya Lux, and broth­ers-in-law, James John­son, Damian Browne, and Steve Ar­naut­off. An en­thu­si­as­tic aunt, Nancy em­braced her niece, Olivia, and her neph­ews, Sam, Char­lie, Eric, Michael, and Blakely with gen­uine at­ten­tive­ness. With ex­tended fam­ily and friends, above and be­low the 49th par­al­lel, Nancy’s zest for life will be missed dearly by all.

Nancy at­tended Las Lo­mas High School and grad­u­ated from DVC. She be­gan her 35 year ca­reer with PG&E in the field and be­came a cer­ti­fied welder. Nancy’s work ethic was ex­em­plary from the start, and she quickly rose to man­age­ment, re­tir­ing two years ago as a project man­ager for new con­struc­tion in Santa Rosa.

For­ever, Nancy will be re­mem­bered for her bois­ter­ous laugh, vi­va­cious smile, and zest for life – not to men­tion her 5’10” stature, red hair, and Canadian sense of hu­mor. Nancy was never with­out a home im­prove­ment project in progress, and her abil­ity to fix any­thing gave her the nick­name “Rosie the Riveter” by her daugh­ter. She was ex­tremely gen­er­ous with her time and tal­ents just the men­tion of a bro­ken sprin­kler, phys­i­cal ail­ment, or ca­nine ques­tion, brought her knock­ing at friends and fam­ily’s doors with tools, re­searched so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

Her last­ing re­la­tion­ships with her fam­ily and friends were strength­ened dur­ing miles of hikes on treach­er­ous trails, de­mo­li­tions and retil­ing of kitchens and bath­rooms, ex­ten­sive strolls over hill and dale (with her dogs in the lead and her walk­ing part­ners pant­ing from be­hind.) With her hus­band, Pete, she ven­tured across the road­ways and scenic by­ways through­out the west. Their boat­ing ad­ven­tures brought her plea­sure in the wa­ter­ways of the S. F. Bay and the B.C. Howe Sound. So­lace can be taken know­ing Nancy was in her el­e­ment – she was healthy, liv­ing in the place she loved the best, re­mod­el­ing her house to per­fec­tion, and shar­ing an abun­dance of love with her fam­ily, friends, and dogs by her side.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will take place in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia in late De­cem­ber or early Jan­uary. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be sent to -An­i­mal Res­cue Foun­da­tion (ARF), 2890 Mitchell Drive, Wal­nut Creek, CA, 94598.

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