Nancy Louise Shammas

October 15, 1955November 29, 2012

Nancy L Shammas October 15, 1955 – November 29, 2012

Pacific Grove ~ Nancy Louise Shammas, 57, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012 after a 5 year challenge with breast cancer. She was born on October 15, 1955 in Carmel, California. She attended St. Angela's Elementary School, Junipero Memorial High School and graduated from Pacific Grove High in 1973. She graduated from MPC and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco in 1980, graduating Cum Laude.

Nancy began her career at Gateway Center in Pacific Grove as a program coordinator. She then went on to become the first executive director of the Monterey County Special Olympics. In 1989, Nancy joined the staff at Digital Research as Human Resources Administrator. Nancy began a new career in publishing, working for Brooks/Cole Publishing Company as a Senior Production Editor. In 1999, she opened her own publishing services company, New Leaf Publishing, managing book projects for major textbook publishers and counseling clients with self-publishing projects. Most recently, Nancy was also the Blood Donor Recruiter for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Nancy was an active member of the community. She served on the board for the Skills Center, Inc., was a board member and graduate of Leadership Monterey Peninsula, and served on the Executive Program Committee of California Special Olympics. Nancy was an especially committed member of the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove. She proudly served as president from July 2011 to July 2012.

Nancy loved to travel and saw many parts of the world; she just returned from a European vacation and cruise with her brother in September. She loved the outdoors and long hikes. She especially loved Big Sur and Yosemite. She enjoyed playing softball and beach volleyball, making lifelong friends. Nancy was a devoted San Francisco Giants fan.

Nancy was a generous person and cared greatly for people. She was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. She had a close relationship with her family and had a special bond with her nieces and nephews. She is survived by her mother, Betty Shammas of Pacific Grove; sisters, Beth (Richard Gray) Shammas of Monterey and Anne (Jeff) Swedberg of Aptos; brother, Joe Shammas, Pacific Grove; nieces and nephews, Eron, Karson (Jacqueline), Krista and Julie Swedberg; Jamil and Nicolas Salas, Layla (Dror) Manor, Marta (Matt) Dalhamer and Coby and Robbie Shammas. Her father, Jacob, predeceased her in 1999. Nancy also leaves her beloved dog, Lola, in the care of Allen Bubar.

The Shammas family would like to acknowledge and thank “Nancy’s Team”: Dr Jerome Rubin, Mariana Nunez, Anna Thomsen, Beatrice Levinson, Dr Bonnie Gintis, the Oncology Nurses at CHOMP, Dr Diego Sanmiquel, Joy Smith, Amy Dore and Dr. Joanna Zhao. The family also thanks Nancy’s best friends, Laverne Baker-Leyva and Judy Gonzales for their constant love and support. A memorial Mass will be celebrated this Friday, December 7 at 11:00 am at St. Angela’s Merici Catholic Church, Lighthouse and 9th St. in Pacific Grove. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Pacific Grove Rotary Legacy Fund, P.O Box 51, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950 or consider donating blood at Community Hospital’s blood center. Please visit to sign Nancy’s guest book and leave messages for her family.


  • Memorial Mass Friday, December 7, 2012

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Lorie Thomas-Salas

September 19, 2013

She was one of the best Aunt's a person could ever have and is missed DEARLY! Such and overall wonderful person words can't even describe. You are missed TREMENDOUSLY and are in out thought's and prayer's everyday. Love Always, Lorie Dolores DelPilar Salas-Thomas (The Thomas's- Salas's)

Barbara Palazola

June 18, 2013

That bright, shining star in the night sky must be Nancy. Condolences to her family and friends.

Brian Ellinoy

December 24, 2012

I am very saddened to learn of Nancy's passing and my condolences go out to all of her family and friends. She was an exceptional person who gave so much to all of us, the community, and the world, continuing to smile all the while despite her illness. I was privileged to be one of the members of her health team and treasured every moment we had together.

December 23, 2012

To all of the Shammas Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of Nancy's passing. May you be blessed with peace and comfort at this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Austin

Lisa Handley

December 18, 2012

To Nancy's family and loved ones,

I was saddened to hear the news about Nancy. I was a fellow yoga student in the same class as Nancy and enjoyed her kind and beautiful spirit. May much love surround and comfort you.

Sending you my heartfelt sympathy,
Lisa Handley

Tamara Botkin

December 16, 2012

Dear family and loved ones of Nancy:
I was priviledged to be Nancy's yoga teacher for many years. In actuality, I am usually taught by my students, and with Nancy that could not have been more true. Her kind ways, lovely quick smile, and generous soul emanated all of yoga's lessons and her presence in class gave us all love. Though I recently relocated to the east coast, I was able to stay connected to Nancy. I saw her last January and though she struggling, her beauty and inner spirit radiated even more. Her graceful and loving memory will remain with me and all those she touched always. Blessings to her family.

December 13, 2012

Our condolances to the Shammas family. We will miss our dear customer and friend of so many years. May God Bless her soul.

Petra Restaurant and Nimri Family (Pacific Grove, CA and Fayetteville GA)

David Dilworth

December 12, 2012

Dear Nancy,

You lived so well. Your kindness, especially for those who need help, your thoughtfulness and bright spirit brought so many people better lives.
Thank you.

December 11, 2012

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. My thoughts are with you and your family. Jan Hanson (Beardslee)

Becky Richardson Wales

December 11, 2012

I just heard the sad news about Nancy's passing. Nancy welcomed me into her life when I moved to Pacific Grove in 1972. What fun we had!!! I didn't see her again for almost thirty years and it was like we had never been apart. Her service to others touched so many lives. My prayers are with her family and friends.