GQCCC Virtual Quilt Show


Nancy Bourns

September 15, 1936


November 27, 2020

Nancy was born in Rahway, New Jersey, on September 15, 1936. She described her childhood as “pretty happy.” In 1960, she loaded up her car, and moved to San Francisco (not knowing a single soul). Nancy joined the Peace Corps in 1964 and spent the next 2 years in the Andes of Peru. There she discovered her love of working with children. Upon her return to California, she went back to school and acquired her teaching credential. Nancy spent the next 30 years as an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District. Nancy moved to Martinez in 2005 where she met some members of the Martinez Senior Center quilters and, as Nancy said, “the rest is history.” A lifelong artist, Nancy spent much of her retirement taking art classes and creating beautiful works of art. Stained glass, water colors, collage and art quilts were some of her favorite artist mediums. She was an inspiration to her friends and family. Nancy passed away on November 27, 2020. She is survived by her son, Cottar, and daughter-in-law, Angela.

Nancy described her lifestyle as “A life of risky business … interspersed with periods of calm!” Her motto: “Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” Jimmy Carter

You can visit Nancy’s online memorial at

2021 Quilt Show

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