Nan Mott passed away on Jan. 3, 2009 from gall bladder cancer at the age of 81.
“Nan” was born Georgiana Sears on May 25, 1927 in Clifton, Idaho, the youngest of nine children. She was raised on a farm and when a teenager moved to Ogden, Utah where she graduated from Ogden High School and Ogden Business School.
She married Herb Mott Jr. in 1946 and moved to New Jersey, where they began their life together after the war and raised four children, Steven, Patrice, Jeffrey and Gary. Nan worked for 45 years at various local N.J. businesses as an administrative assistant and finally as an executive assistant. In 1994 she retired and returned to Idaho to care for two elderly sisters.
In 1999, she moved to Moab to be with her daughter, Patrice, and she had many happy years here. She made many good friends whom she loved very much. Nan loved the Moab area and enjoyed hiking and visiting the local national parks. She was very adventurous and had many exciting tales about her trips to New England, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota and many other locations.
She enjoyed gardening and being outdoors, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She also enjoyed arts and crafts, quilting, ceramics, stained glass and knitting. She was also a voracious reader. Nan was involved with the Grand Center activities, the RSVP Program, the Hospice Garden, the Moab Music Festival, the Lunch Bunch and Care-A-Van. She also did volunteer work for numerous organizations within the community.
Nan was devoted to her family, and her children were her greatest joy. Her greatest sorrow was the loss of her eldest son, Steven, to cancer in June 2008. She suffered a second stroke and then faced her own terminal illness with her usual pragmatism, strength and courage. Nan was one-of-a-kind – independent, creative, caring, unselfish and stubborn!
Nan is survived by three children, Patrice, of Moab, Gary (Lori) of Vernal, Utah and Jeff (Maryanne) of Tucson Ariz.; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all of her friends and family.
The family thanks Dr. Jonas Munger and the staff at Moab Family Medicine, and Community Nursing Services and Hospice, especially Lindsey Buhler RN, Yvonne Bliss RN and Diana Adams.
No formal service is planned, but the family invites friends and neighbors to an open house to celebrate Nan’s life. It will be held at her residence at 279 Park Road, Moab, on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The family will be purchasing a brick for the new hospital; if you’d like to contribute in Nan’s name, please contact the family directly.