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Monday: Memorial service for Nancy Ruth Wentworth, artist, volunteer

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley, for Nancy Ruth "Nan" Wentworth, who died Jan 9 at the age of 92. A reception will follow in Lane Hall.

Ms. Wentworth, a former longtime resident of Sharon Heights in Menlo Park, was associated with the Girl Scouts for 50 years. Her first job was in the Spokane Girl Scout office, where she worked until her marriage.


Nancy Wentworth
Born in Northfield, Minnesota, she was a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa with a degree in world history. In 1946 she married Irv Wentworth after a five-year engagement.

The Wentworths lived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Albany, Oregon, and Petersburg, Virginia, before settling in Menlo Park.

Ms. Wentworth was an active community volunteer in several organizations. She taught crafts, basket weaving and was an "amazing artist," say family members.

She taught sewing and knitting in a women's prison, and welcomed heart/lung transplant patients' families to stay at her home. She also organized a yearly picnic that reunited patients, families, and their doctors.

She served as a deacon in Valley Presbyterian Church, which the couple attended for 40 years.

She is survived by her four children: Ginger Peterson of Clovis, Richard Wentworth of Stuart, Florida, Mary Rose Wentworth of Willits, and Jaynie Wentworth of Foster City. Her husband, Irv., died in 2003.

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