Nancy passed away on August 13, 2012 surrounded by her loving family and close friends. Nancy was born in Berkeley, California on May 16, 1950 along with her twin sister, Mary. She lived in Berkeley for the first 14 years of her life when her family moved to Orinda, California where she graduated from Miramonte High School in 1968. Nancy spent many childhood summers at Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe before making the lake her permanent home in 1972.
Falling in love and marrying Jim Williamson was the highlight of her life. Nancy began working at Tahoe as a waitress at Donaldson’s restaurant, where she met her best friend Maureen Hjelte. Many jobs followed, including Swigard’s Hardware, Squaw Valley Resort, Tiger Tiger children’s store, The Store and most definitely her favorite place, the Squirrel’s Nest in Homewood. Nancy was a long time resident, Board Member and Harbor Master of Star Harbor, member of the Tahoe Yacht Club, supporter of the Tahoe Maritime Museum and active in many community affairs and events.
Nancy was most happy at the lake, surrounded by friends and family. She spent time traveling with friends, visiting her twin sister, Mary, in Montana and having brother John visit the lake with his family. Nancy also loved going to Arizona with her brother, John and his buddies, for baseball’s spring training and attending all of her Miramonte High School reunions. In recent years Nancy traveled to Europe and back east with her close friend Richie Niello.
Nancy is survived by her brother John Hoover and his wife, Lesley of Oakley, CA, nieces Marjorie and Elie Hoover of Oregon, and nephew Jamie Hoover, of Pleasant Hill, CA, twin sister Mary Hoover Jensen and her husband, John of Flatlhead Lake, MT, niece Lisa Meyer of San Diego, CA, niece Gypsy Hoover Ray (JB) and children of Huson, MT, nephew Greg Hoover (Jennifer) and their twins of Missoula, MT, Godchildren George and Dana Hjelte of Tahoe City and many other relatives and close friends. She is also survived by her faithful and devoted dog, Woody.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Williamson, parents T. Roy and Marjorie Hoover and her brother Tom Hoover.
A very special thank-you to Maureen Hjelte and Jan Brisco for all their love and support and thanks to her many friends and Star Harbor neighbors. We also want to extend heartfelt appreciation to the nurses, doctors and staff of the ICU at Tahoe Forest Hospital for their thoughtful care of Nancy.
We will miss you Nancy and love you forever. You are at peace and for that we are thankful. We could never hope for a better friend or a more loving sister and aunt and our now guardian angel.
Donations in memory of Nancy should be sent to the Tahoe Maritime Museum, P.O. Box 627, Homewood, CA 96141.
A private memorial service will be held this weekend for family and close friends and a celebration of Nancy’s life is being planned for a future time.