Nancy Loretta Orr McGowan Spence

Nancy Loretta Orr McGowan Spence

Nancy Loretta Orr McGowan Spence died Oct. 23. She was 84.

Spence was born in Pueblo, Colorado on Sept. 12, 1937. She was a 1955 graduate of Central High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Kirk Mac McGowan. They lived in Grand Canyon, moved to Moab, Utah and then to Livermore in 1963. She retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an administrative specialist in 2002. She held many positions in the Livermore Valley Unified School District and graduated from the Livermore Citizens Police Academy and helped with banquets and meetings for the police officers.

She is survived by her three children; Marjo Lynn McGowan Brough and Robert “Bob” Louis Brough, Jr. of Surprise, Arizona; Kirk “Mark” McGowan and Sheryl Louise Ekstrom McGowan of Sonora, California; and Jay Dee McGowan of Sonora. She is also survived by; brother Verd “Alden” Orr; sister Linda Lucille Orr Outhier and Louis “Corky” L. Outhier, Jr.; sister-in-law Karen Sue McGowan Nellis and Walter Edward Nellis; sister-in-law Marilyn Elizabeth Laporte Orr; and daughter-in law Paula Jean Reed McGowan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorsey “Verd” Orr and Dorothy Loretta Bunnell Orr; husband Kirk Mac McGowan; husband Howard “Bud” Clinton Spence; father-in-law Vernon “Mac” McGowan; mother-in-law Hildred “Hilly” Kirkpatrick McGowan; and brother Howard Dorsey Orr.

Share your stories of remembrance on Dec. 2, 2021, at noon, Celebration Church, 1135 Bluebell Drive, Livermore. Reception to follow at Clubhouse at Las Positas, 915 Clubhouse Dr., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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