Nancy Vunovich - Celebration Of Life
1929 - 2000

About Nancy

Announcing The Passing Of Nancy Vunovich

Announcement Letter
Holly & Xan

It is with profound regret and the utmost sorrow that this letter is to inform you that Dr. Nancy Vunovich passed away on Thursday, May 4 after her lengthy and heroic bout with lung cancer.

Nancy died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, with her daughters, Alexandra and Holly, at her side.

It was Nancy's wish that remembrances on her behalf be made in the form of donations to Gilda's Club of Nashville, Tennessee.  Gilda's Club, named in honor of the late comedian Gilda Radner, is a non-profit organization which relies on individual donations to provide an environment where people with cancer and their families and friends can band together to build an active social and emotional support system as a supplement to medical care.

Donations in Nancy's name may also be made to the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado where Nancy loved working since its inception.

A director to the end, Nancy requested that no funeral be held for her.  Instead, she asked that her family and friends gather together for a party -- a joyous celebration of her life and the lives of the people she touched.  During the early part of July, Xan and Holly hosted a party celebrating Nancy's life and legacy at their cabin in Creede.  

Those who wanted to attend the celebration, were asked to  contact Xan and Holly at (615) 360-0982 or (615) 400-6435-cell.

Prior to Nancy's death, she received a number of vastly moving, personal messages from her family, friends, colleagues and former students, all of which commented in one way or another on what a remarkable teacher she was.  Nancy's wicked wit and mischievous smile, her overwhelming compassion and generosity forever enriched the lives of everyone who had the privilege to know her.  She was a fiercely committed teacher instructing us even now.  If her battle with cancer taught her anything, she said, "it's that life is for living." 

Recently, in a box of old photographs, Nancy's family discovered a handwritten note on which she had written:

 "There have been no dragons in my life.
Only small spiders and stepping in gum.
I could have coped with the dragons."

Rest in peace, Nancy.  Thank you for everything.  We love you and miss you

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The address for Gilda's Club Nashville Is:

Gilda's Club Nashville
1033 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 329-1124
Fax:  (615)329-1167
Felicia Zetlin, Program Director

The address for the Creede Repertory Theatre is:

Creede Repertory Theatre
Attn:  Kay Wyley/Richard Baxter
P.O. Box 269
Creede, Colorado 81130


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