Nancy Acone passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born just over 88 years ago on July 3, 1932, at the height of the great depression in Moline, Illinois. She went to Western Illinois University and came out to California in the late 1950s as a school teacher in Sacramento, California. We have the US Postal Service to thank for her meeting her husband, when they delivered her mail to Paul’s apartment by mistake. She married Paul in 1960 and they were married for 56 years. They moved to Brentwood, California in the early 1960s and then later to Newport Beach in 1968, when Paul got a job at Philco Ford. They purchased their house of fifty years on Port Abbey in Newport where they raised their two boys. She transitioned from being an English teacher to being a high school librarian, which aligned with her passion for books and reading. She was the head librarian at Estancia High School and, later, Buena Park High School
Her sons Adam and Jon feel they won the lottery when they were adopted into this family. They had an amazing, idyllic and adventuresome childhood. While her depression roots made her an extremely hard worker and a saver, she was also very generous with both her time and money. She had a tireless work ethic and was a natural leader, always seeming to be the one in charge with whatever she got involved. In recent years, she had been the head of the Friends of the Library in Newport Beach and on the board at the Oasis Senior Center.
In later years, Nancy demonstrated unconditional love in taking care of her husband in the last years of his life, selflessly modeling love and marriage for the next generations that were witnessing her personal sacrifice. She also demonstrated giving back to the community through her volunteering at Our Lady Queen of the Angels church, Oasis and Friends of the Library. Her personal interests were shopping (only the sales!) often accompanied by her best friend Pat, books/reading, crossword puzzles, puzzles of any kind, games, quilting, pop culture and always staying active. Along with her husband, they instilled the importance of church and faith in their children, which were a central aspect of their years growing up. She also loved the family of her roots in Quad Cities and stayed close to her sisters Sally and Marilyn, as well as her nieces Vicki, Pam and Teri.
She was an amazing grandma to Hunter, Tanner, Abby, Katie and Ben. She stayed highly involved and interested in their lives and was their biggest cheerleader and advocate through all the hockey games, piano recitals, school performances, basketball games, etc. Their home in Newport was the annual vacation destination for their families and was the place of much joy and fond memories.
Nancy will be greatly missed but we are comforted knowing she is with the Lord and her husband. She is survived by her sons Adam and Jon, her daughters-in-law Judy and Alison and her five grandchildren. Her funeral service will be help outdoors at Our Lady Queen of the Angels church in Newport Beach at 1:00 PM on July 24, 2020 and is open to the public.
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