Nancy Slaff

Nancy Lou Slaff

Friday, November 11th, 1938 - Friday, December 18th, 2020
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Nancy Slaff Obiturary

On Friday, December 18th, 2020, Nancy Lou (Hendricks)(Rose) Slaff of Campo, California, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 82. Nancy was born to Willard Thurn Hendricks & Margaret Rhea (Butler) Hendricks on November 11, 1938 in the small mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, at the famed Copper Queen Hospital. When she was five years old the family moved to East County, San Diego, where she remained. She attended Grossmont High, El Cajon High and graduated from Helix High School.

Nancy met and married Robert Roger Rose, Sr. (deceased) and from that marriage had five children. Robert Rose, Jr. (deceased), Sue Ann (Rose) Cydell-Benson, William Eric Rose, Daniel Bryant Rose and Sheryl Anne (Rose) Farris. She was married to Robert Rose for seventeen years.

She worked at North Island Naval Air Station where she was well respected throughout her career, primarily in Quality Control. While employed as a journeyman at North Island, she met and married William Henry Slaff. From that marriage she gained four step children, William Slaff, Jr., James Allen Slaff-Gruel, Charles Victor Slaff and Lori Ann Slaff.

Prior positions Nancy held included Border Patrol Matron and San Diego County Sheriff Reserve, both search and rescue and law enforcement. She achieved an Associates of Art Degree with an emphasis on child development. She published two novels, and had a regular column in the Alpine Sun called “While You Were Sleeping”. She was charitable and generous, loved her family and truly lived a full life.

She is survived by her husband William, 4 children, 4 stepchildren, 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held December 30, 2020 at East County Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to St. Adelaide of Burgundy Catholic Church in Campo, California.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:30pm
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 10:00am - 12:30pm
    East County Mortuary Chapel
    374 North Magnolia Avenue
    El Cajon, CA 92020
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    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 9:30am
    East County Mortuary Chapel
    374 North Magnolia Avenue
    El Cajon, CA 92020
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 1:30pm
    Miramar National Cemetery
    5795 Nobel Drive
    San Diego, CA 92122
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Michael Short

Posted at 08:20pm
My Name is Mike Short and I was sadden by the loss of my co-worker and friend. I worked with Nancy at North Island in the Quality Assurance dept. in the component and manufacturing programs for many years. Nancy was a true professional and fantastic writer. The world was a better place with Nancy in it. God Speed.

Don Jenkins

Posted at 09:58pm
My name is Don Jenkins and I remember Nancy very well when I was in Quality Assurance at North Island. Enjoyed working with her in the various aircraft and component programs for many years. She was a wonderful person who treated everyone fairly and really knew her job. Thoughts and prayers for Nancy and the Slaff family.

Marilyn Contreras

Posted at 01:22pm
I worked with Nancy at North Island. Such a kind person. I am so sorry for the loss to her family.

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