Passed Away On: December 4, 2021
Nancy Ann Aimola of San Juan Bautista, California passed away suddenly at home on December 4, 2021, at the age of 72. Nancy was the daughter of the late Armando and Helen (Montes) Aimola. She was the beloved sister of Richard Griffith and his wife Margaret Perham of Santa Cruz, California and Michael Aimola and his wife Mary of Tustin, California. Nancy is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Nancy was salutatorian of her graduating class at George Washington High School in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Berkeley, graduating with honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
As a member of the California State Bar, Nancy practiced law in a consulting solo practice for many years in San Francisco, Pacifica, and San Juan Bautista. She was active in local Democratic Party politics and volunteered in the office of U. S. Representative Sam Farr. Proud of her civic duty, she served as a poll worker in San Juan Bautista for many years. She was a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of San Benito County where she was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for her efforts in mentoring and advocating for a foster child.
Nancy grew up in San Francisco. She had fond memories of many family vacations in Santa Cruz and Boyes Hot Springs. She was extremely proud of her Italian and Spanish heritage. She was a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants and relished their World Series victories. An accomplished horsewoman of the western style, she rode her two horses along the trails of the Coastal Range in San Mateo County. A cowgirl at heart, she attended both the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace and the California Rodeo Salinas for many years. She pursued athletic activities including golf, skiing, and camping. She loved attending rock concerts featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, and Willie Nelson. She was an attendee at the Beatles’ final concert that was held at Candlestick Park. She was also a member of the committee led by rock impresario Bill Graham that attempted to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in San Francisco.
Nancy will be interred in a private ceremony in the Crypt of the Angels at Calvary Cemetery in Hollister. A Celebration of Life for Nancy will be held in San Juan Bautista at a future date.
Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to CASA of San Benito County, 829 San Benito Street Suite 200, Hollister, California 95023 or at www.casasanbenito.org.