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Nancy Deacon

November 7, 2018


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Nancy Deacon, 91, passed away peacefully on November 7th, 2018, in Petaluma, California. She was in the presence of her son and daughter, and the love and support of the Little Bird Assisted Living family.
Born into the Burnham family of San Diego, California in 1927, she lived in several California towns while raising her two children, Lyn and Michael.
In 1969, she retired and married her second husband, Paul Deacon, and moved to Durango, Colorado in 1974. Together they designed and built two homes, and enjoyed an active life of art, hiking, skiing, sports and fishing for nearly 30 years. Following Paul’s death, Nancy moved back to California – Sebastopol – in 2003 where she continued to engage in her art, ceramics and volunteer activities into her mid-80s. She loved the natural beauty of Sonoma County, as well as all of the creative opportunities.
Nancy is preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband, Paul, and her brother, Richard Burnham. She is survived by her two children, a granddaughter, and great-granddaughter.
A celebration of her life for her family and friends will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, in Petaluma. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Sonoma Land Trust ( If you have questions about the celebration, please contact her daughter at