Nancy Aikens Dodge went to Heaven for her aprés ski on March 18, 2013. Nancy left Squaw Valley with the Lord after working on the hill as a volunteer at a ski race on Monday. She loved skiing and every moment spent on the mountain.
Nancy is survived by her children Karla and Russell, and her loving husband Willi Dodge. She was preceded in death by her mother Gloria P. Aikens and her father B.A. (Bud) Aikens of Algonac, Michigan. Her Michigan family includes a brother and sister, many aunts, uncles and countless cousins.
Nancy was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was drawn to the west coast by her love of art, adventure, skiing and love. She married her college sweetheart after earning a degree in art from Sacramento State University.
Nancy and Willi made their home in Tahoe City in 1979, pursuing a life in the great Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Nancy touched many people with her kind nature and willingness to give anything to someone in need. She enjoyed the company of women and gained great strength from her local fellowship of The California Alliance of Women. Their campout was something she looked forward to because of the group’s celebration of the contribution of women to our culture and society.
She found joy in teaching her children to ski and to love the mountains and Lake Tahoe as she did. She actively promoted compassion, forgiveness, acceptance and love. Nancy, we love you and hold you forever in our hearts.
A funeral mass will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 905 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City on Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held following the mass at Tahoe Park Beach, next to Sunnyside. All are welcome to attend either or both ceremonies.