Nancy Starkweather Downing Hersey
Nancy Gordon Starkweather was born to Harvey and Eva Starkweather. She lived in the area of her childhood home, Milwaukie most of her life.
She attended Milwaukie High School, followed by St Helen's Hall Jr. College, then to University of Oregon, receiving her Bachelor's. Her first job was as a caseworker for Oregon Welfare Dept. She met Ken Downing & they were married in 1950. They lived at Blue Lake & returned to Milwaukie in the 60's.
Nancy taught at North Clackamas School District and later became a counselor. She retired & moved to Japan, teaching at a distinguished boys school in Tokyo. Upon her return, she moved to her home on the Willamette River, becoming an author.
She met her great love Richard Mort at age 75. She loved writing, her writing group the Talespinners, activities with the Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers, Milwaukie High School Women's Group as well as St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her son Kirk Downing, daughters Julie (Mike) Budeau & Ciel Downing, 6 grandchildren, Kyle, Marissa, Ryan, Devyn, Michael & Sam and 2 great-grandchildren, Wyatt & Lily.
Those who wish, may send remembrances to Oregon Humane Society or Oregon City Historical Society.