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Nancy T. Samuels

November 13, 2019

Obituary

Samuels (“Sam”) Nancy Temple, passed away on November 13, 2019, at her Long Lake, MN home. She was 77 and had been in hospice. In addition to husband Seth Hoyt, Sam is survived by her children: Terrell Wick of Santa Monica, CA; Will Wick (Jen Kelly) of Sausalito, CA; and Jason Butts of St. Paul, MN; Seth’s daughters: Sky Hoyt and Jessie Hoyt (Chris Fondulas) of Stonington, CT; and Alix Hoyt Ward of Westport, CT; Will’s step-children: Miles Kelly, Sabine Kelly and Luisa Kelly, of the San Francisco Bay area; plus Sam’s seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.Nancy was born in Louisville, KY, on 11/9/42, to the late T. William Samuels and Marjorie Mattingly Samuels, of Bardstown, KY. She was the second of three children, and is survived by older brother T. William Samuels, Jr. (Nancy Johnson) of Prospect, KY. The Samuels family are multi-generation Kentucky distillers, and the creators of Maker’s Mark bourbon. A graduate of St. Catherine’s in Richmond, VA, Sam attended Pine Manor College in Wellesley, MA, and earned her BA from Centre College, Danville, KY, where she was voted Homecoming Queen her senior year. Nancy worked in New York City after college, then served in the Peace Corps in Colombia, where her daughter Terrell was born. Sam had great passion for Native Peoples and their culture. Shash Lakai, her American Indian-centric retail business, was ahead of its time. Nancy was an outdoor person, and an accomplished athlete. She excelled at tennis, paddle, skiing, yoga, and horse-back riding. For many years she was a member of Lake Minnetonka Garden Club. Sam was a piano player. She could sing, dance, sculpt and paint. She was a passionate reader, an accomplished chef; and Nancy had an innate appreciation of design, antiques, fine arts, and an eye for photography. By her gift for rug hooking she may be best known. Nancy spent a year hooking a life-like diorama of the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, KY. A Churchill Downs creation features jockeys in silks around the rug’s oval perimeter. “Poppina,” as she was lovingly called, designed and hooked a Christmas stocking for each of seven grandchildren -- Hadley, Oliver, Duncan, Isabela, Hugo, Diver and Wakeman. Sammy’s creations reflected the unique personality of each child. Nancy valued family and friendship above everything. She was generous, loyal, fun to be with. Her friendships spanned multiple generations; she is especially mourned by younger friends, for whom she served as surrogate mother, and trusted confidante and advisor. A service of thanksgiving will be held on Thursday, December 5 th at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 865 North Ferndale Rd., Wayzata, MN. Visitation at 10:00, and service at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you contribute in Nancy’s name to Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice. foundation@parknicollet.com
 

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
December 5, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Edward's Episcopal Church
865 N. Ferndale RD.
Wayzata, MN 55391

Memorial Service
Thursday
December 5, 2019

11:00 PM
St. Edward's Episcopal Church
865 N. Ferndale RD.
Wayzata, MN 55391

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