Nancy Mattila graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Mass. and was a medical secretary at Harvard University. A published author, her articles appeared in Highlights For Children, Christian Science Monitor, Harlequin and Cobblestone, among others. She was an avid reader and a student of Shakespeare's plays. Nancy married Edward Mattila in 1956. They lived in Lawrence, Kansas where Edward was a professor of music at the University of Kansas. After retirement they moved to Tucson in 2001. During 53 years of marriage they shared many wonderful experiences together, including travel to England, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and the Caribbean. As a homemaker, Nancy provided well for her two children, Amy and Ned. As an admirer of nature she enjoyed the ocean, gardening and the ever changing colors and moods of the Catalina Mountains, in close view from the back patio. As she passed away peacefully on the 29th, there was a beautfiul expression on her face and sunset occuring just outside her window.