Nancy Werner Mathews | 1943 - 2013 | Obituary

Nancy Werner Mathews
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Nancy Werner Mathews

Born: January 06, 1943
Died: March 09, 2013

Nancy Werner Mathews
With family around her, Nancy Werner Mathews, 70, of Anacortes, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013. In spirit, many friends, family members, former colleagues, and classmates were with her during her final weeks. Nancy was born in Anacortes, WA. in 1943, and graduated from AHS in 1961. She attended the University of Puget Sound until her marriage to Joseph Mathews, and they resided in the Renton area. Nancy had two children, Joe Jr. and Kim, and she was very involved with them in school and athletic events. She served several years on the Renton City Council and played a key role in the development of Coulon Beach Park. Nancy also worked for the Kent Police Department as a member of their very successful Drink/Driving Task Force. Upon retirement, Nancy moved back to Anacortes, where she served on the Museum Board, enhancing her great interest in promoting and preserving Anacortes and family history. During this time, she wrote a book about one of her grandfathers, an early Anacortes resident and photographer. The family is working with museum staff and friends to see that her project gets published, initially for family enjoyment. Nancy researched her ancestors extensively, and her family will be forever grateful for her dedication in this area. Nancy also enjoyed playing bridge and Skip Bo, working to complete the rebuilding of a family cabin on Guemes, traveling, walking on the beach, discussing politics, and family time. She met and enjoyed many new friends while playing bridge and continued cherished relationships with classmates at monthly luncheons. Nancy will be remembered by her children as a dedicated and loving mother. She will also be remembered for her beautiful smile, sparkling blue eyes, quick wit, political acumen, concern for those less fortunate, and her famous pecan pie. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jane Werner, father, Hallie Werner, her grandparents, and several cousins. Nancy is survived by son, Joe (Lisa) and his family (Kayla, Chelsea, Morgan, Ryan, and Noah), daughter Kim (John) and their children Christopher and Katy, her sisters Joan Werner Granville and Carol Werner Berard, her aunt Elaine Werner Allen, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express deep appreciation for Dr. Nancy Lewellyn. and Jan Tivel, ARNP for their loving care which went far beyond what might even be hoped for in a patient/doctor relationship. Thanks also to the medical expertise and care given by her doctors at Skagit Valley and Island Hospitals, as well as the staff at Fidalgo Care Center. Nancy's family has been supported by friends, visitors, cards, calls, hugs and a comforting cradle of caring during this difficult time. We are grateful. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Anacortes Museum. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Nancy please sign the online guest register at

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