Nancy Jean Salvucci
Nancy Jean Salvucci, 61, passed away peacefully at home in Santa Barbara, California, on September 20th, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on November 16, 1954, in Santa Barbara to Mary and Gene Forssell. She was the youngest of three children.
Nancy married Angelo Salvucci, M.D. in 1989. They had two children, Oryx and Lia Salvucci. As a family, they traveled to many different countries visiting museums and gardens, historic architecture, and experiencing other cultures and cuisines.
A lifetime resident of Santa Barbara, Nancy grew up in Mission Canyon surrounded by majestic oaks, old stone walls and the Santa Barbara Mission. Inspired by Santa Barbara’s natural beauty, Nancy’s interests led her to volunteer at Lotusland and serve on the Board of Directors at Casa del Herrero.
Nancy established Garden Lane, an estate touring company showcasing local architects, interior designers and landscape architects’ projects. She was Home and Garden editor for many local magazines. In 2004, Nancy founded her own online publication, SB Digs, a popular Santa Barbara lifestyle magazine. Through her businesses, Nancy formed meaningful relationships with local artisans and business owners.
The Salvucci family thanks Dr. Gregg Newman, Dr. William Hahn, Dr. Julie Chacko, oncology nurse Adriane Butler, Dr. Eric Trautwein and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.
No memorial services are planned.
This complex friend has left a hole in our lives. Nancy whose gifts were many will be on our minds so often in the future and we will forget for a moment that we cannot just reach out to her. Nancy could always be turned to for her frank and honest assessment of situations. Nancy who appreciated inspired wit and could tell a story that would make you laugh. Nancy who was there for you to tell you what you needed to hear but who would shed a tear with you. Nancy owned a sense of style and aesthetic to put the best to shame. Nancy had such strength of character and mind and yet held such a vulnerable softness and large heart. For those who were never graced with this wonderful friend, I can only say that you truly missed out on knowing a very remarkable woman that we all respected and adored. Nancy you will be very sorely missed.