January 24th, 2010 Nancy Burgess: Knitter, Friend, Partner of TYC
It is with heavy hearts that we send you this message about our dear friend and partner, Nancy Burgess. As many of you know, Nancy had been receiving treatment for lung cancer and its complications for over a year. After a very courageous fight during which she continued to display her characteristic wit and optimism for life (not to mention knitting), Nancy passed away on October 10. Surrounded by her husband Frank and daughters Dana and Kelly, Nancy’s struggle of over a year ended peacefully at their home in Oro Valley. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. If you’d like to share your Nancy memories and stories, you can post them here and we’ll be passing those along to the family.
Many of you knew Nancy from her long history of teaching and “knit doctoring” at Purls and then as a founding partner and teacher at Tucson Yarn Co. Her tremendous spirit, love of teaching, and encyclopedic knowledge of knitting will be missed greatly. Nancy’s “git-er-done” attitude was a constant source of inspiration to all of us.
Nancy’s enthusiasm for knitting was contagious and countless number of new knitters got their first lessons from Nancy over the many, many years she taught in Washington and then in Tucson. Originally from Mercer Island, WA, Nancy and her husband Frank started coming to Tucson as snowbirds. When Nancy had the opportunity to enter into a partnership to start TYC, she and Frank made Tucson their permanent home.
Nancy’s memorial was held in Washington later in November, but so many of you joined us to celebrate Nancy’s life and passion for knitting at the “Knit-In for Nancy” on Sunday, November 8. Nancy’s husband Frank and their daughter Dana joined us for this local memorial. In lieu of flowers, the Burgess family has suggested that memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s honor to Project Linus, a national charitable knitting foundation that has provided over 3 million handmade blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Nancy’s own knitting for others was legendary and we hope you’ll support this worthy cause. Donations may be made in her name on this website: www.projectlinus.org. PLEASE EARMARK THEM FOR THE TUCSON CHAPTER OF PROJECT LINUS.
Nancy taught us many things during our all-too-short time with her. In late September, she brought her daughters to see the shop, her pride and joy. We know Nancy had many friends in Tucson and beyond, so we hope that you will keep her and her family in your thoughts.