Nancy John died suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, February 19, 2011. She was born in Chicago, lived for 18 years in Arizona, but found her true home on the North Shore of Oahu. She fell in love with the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle, and immersed herself in local activities. She volunteered with the counting of Hawaiian Humpback Whales; she was a Honu (sea turtle) and Monk Seal guardian, and a member of the North Shore Outdoor Circle. Nancy traveled to work on the restoration of Kaho’olawe Island, and planned to return there again this summer. She was a long time board member of the Friends of Waialua Library, served on the board of Pupukea Seniors and danced Hula with Na Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai. She paddled outrigger canoe with Manu O Ke Kai canoe club in Hale’iwa. Nancy had met Barack Obama and urged him to run for President; then she worked on his campaign. She was active in any “Save the ()” activity, helping with the efforts to save Pupukea Paumalu, Waimea Bay, Hale’iwa Beach Park, and others.
Nancy had dealt with recurring cerebral hemorrhages since 1994. She overcame breast cancer in 2003, and used that difficult experience to help others, becoming an American Cancer Society Trainer and volunteer. She led a North Shore cancer support group and was the ACS coordinator for any newly diagnosed women with cancer on the North Shore. Nancy regularly gave to people who were in need, quietly and anonymously. She was generous with her time, and spent much of it helping friends through their life crises. She was always there to support others, but never would you hear her say “let me tell you about my problems.” Nancy was a secret-keeper and a wise woman. She loved her husband greatly, her sisters truly, and her friends generously. Nancy embraced new experiences, said any funny thing that crossed her mind, and danced as if nobody was watching.
She is mourned by her husband Rick John, sister JoAnne Warner Mansell (Don), brother Bob Warner (Lois), dear friend Celiamarie Moore, step-son David John (Michele and son Ethan), step-daughter Lisa John Tuin (Tom and children Tatum and Sean), niece Donna Mansell (Tina and children Kaden and Bryson), niece Carlie Horvath (son Zachary), nephew Jon Warner (Juley and children Hailey, Nicholas, Christopher, and Matthew), nephew and Godson Mike Warner (Renee and daughter Alyssa), and many friends throughout Hawaii, Arizona, and Illinois.
Memorial celebrations of her life were held at Mokule’ia Beach Colony on 26 February and at Manu O Ke Kai canoe club on 27 February, where the club members provided an outrigger paddle-out ceremony for the spreading of her ashes in the ocean she dearly loved.
Nancy lived her life with passion and joy. The world has lost a beautiful person.