Nancy Rayworth

 

May 28, 1941 – June 19, 2024

 

Nancy Ruth Newcomb was born to Drew and Glenna Newcomb of West Boylston, MA where she was raised along with her younger sister, Norma “Elaine”. Nancy met Dean Dowden Rayworth during childhood and they became high school sweethearts. In 1962 when Dean returned from serving in the Navy, they married. After getting married, Nancy and Dean packed up their belongings and drove cross country in their Chevrolet Corvair to start a life in Washington.

Nancy and Dean raised two daughters, Wendy and Tammy in Bellevue, WA, where they created a beautiful life together.Nancy worked over 20 years in Bellevue as a preschool teacher. Throughout their life together, Nancy and Dean enjoyed attending car shows with their friends across the Pacific Northwest. Nancy and Dean loved the sun and traveled to destinations with warm, sandy beaches, such as Hawaii and Florida.  Nancy had fun dancing to live music, spending time in her garden admiring flowers and birds, attending the Issaquah Theatre, and socializing at Crossroads Mall on Friday and Saturday evenings. Nancy was a proud member of Altrusa International and enjoyed volunteering with her friends serving warm meals to families and women staying in local shelters and providing birthday parties for children in low-income communities.

Nancy was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren who loved her dearly and enjoyed spending time with her. She adored spending time with her eldest daughter Wendy, son-in-law Andy, and their daughters Chelsea (partner Chris) and Nicole (fiancé Andrew), and her youngest daughter Tammy and her fiancé Mike. Her family has many happy memories of holiday traditions and visits to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with their mom/grandma.

Nancy is survived by her sister, Norma “Elaine” Anderson and her husband Dick Anderson, sister-in-law Carol Rayworth, andcountless nieces, nephews, and close friends who will miss her presence.

Nancy’s family invites you to join them in celebrating Nancy’s life on Tuesday, July 23, 1-5pm at Robinswood House (2430 148th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007).

In lieu of flowers, her family asks donations to be made in honor of her memory to one of the following organizations that she supported:

Altrusa International:
https://www.lwtech.edu/about/foundation/give/, select the “Donate to Foundation today” (mid page), click “Designation” and select “Nancy Rayworth Memorial gift to Altrusa Endowed Scholarship”
SE Network SafetyNet Program through the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County:  https://positiveplace.org/safetynet/, select the green “Donate” button on the top right corner and select “SE Network/Safe Passage” to direct your donation directly to this program

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Nancy Rayworth”

  • N. Elaine Anderson says:

    Knowing that I can’t just pick up the phone and call my sister is very difficult . We had a close sister relationship growing up in MA so when she moved to the West Coast I missed her terribly. I have comfort now, knowing that she is again with Dean, the love of her life. ❤️

  • Heidi Allen says:

    I cherished my friendship with Nancy. I met her through Altrusa about 15 years ago. We became instant friends. She lived lose and I often picked her up for events. We traveled to Altrusa conference and were roommates as well as to the Caribbean. We had many special shopping trips and was so fun watching her pick out shoes with heels so she could be taller. She loved shoes. So many memories of shared fun times and I will all ways treasure these in my heart. I was so blessed to know her.

  • Debbie Rayworth says:

    Aunt Nancy, I loved you and Uncle Dean. I loved your east Coast visits. I really enjoyed sending and receiving cards from you. You and Uncle Dean enjoy those sunsets, as I do. Peace and Love, Debbie

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