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Nancy Ruth Galloway, 82, a 44 year resident of South Laguna Beach, died peacefully in her home March 3, 2012. She was surrounded by her loving family and her prized books and artwork.

A longtime English teacher at Laguna Beach High School, Nancy also volunteered as a docent with the Laguna Beach Art Museum and the Laguna Beach Community Clinic where she served as a certified AIDs counselor for five years.

Born in Lowell, Mass. on Aug. 9, 1929, she was the daughter of a minister and a homemaker. She grew up in the East Hampton, Mass. and New Jersey. Navy during WW II, was an Army Airborne Ranger when they met. He became a lifelong newspaper editor whose career choices took them to El Centro, California, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Laguna Beach.

Nancy’s most rewarding accomplishment was being a mother. Her favorite pastime was playing duplicate bridge. She competed in regional and national tournaments for decades, becoming a silver life master. A voracious reader and gourmet cook, Nancy built an extensive library of books and cookbooks. Never one to cut corners in the kitchen, Nancy produced incomparable Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. She loved living on the ocean in Laguna Beach, travel, fine clothes, fine food and wine, fine objects, movies, theatre, and art museums. For decades, no morning was complete until LA Times and New York Times crossword puzzles were tackled. And she spent the final years of her life attending weekly Shakespeare classes.

She is survived by her three children: Pamela E. Galloway of Reno, NV., retired journalist and civic activist; Christopher B. Galloway of San Juan Capistrano, CA, owner of South Coast Stairs; and Dr. Gil Q. Galloway of Cardiff by the Sea, CA, chief of surgery for Scripps Hospital Encinitas; sisters Shirley Betz of Sierra Madre, CA and Gayle Feyrer of Albany, CA; four grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.
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