Nancy Marie (Hockstaff) August: A Passion to Live Life and a Feisty Personality

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Nancy Marie (Hockstaff)AugustFamiliar Face to all, she had a passion to live life and a feisty personality

Nancy lost her battle with Cancer and died peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with her son by her side at John Muir Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nancy was born Nov. 2nd 1946 in Albany, CA to Violet and Bufford Maddux. She was a well-rounded soul and free spirit. You could always find her outdoors. She had a green thumb she enjoyed gardening, hiking, the beach, exploring state parks, photography, art, loved music, and you could always catch her watching a baseball game if the Seattle mariners were on. She migrated up to Humboldt County in the 1970’s. She loved this community and always considered it home. Nancy worked very hard as a single mom holding a variety of jobs and community service throughout Southern and Northern Humboldt. To name a few of jobs and community services that were special to Nancy were: teacher’s aide at Leggett Elementary, teacher’s aide at Redway Elementary, owner of The Gypsy’s Trunk, public relations/advertising for The Redwood Record, public relations/advertising for The Mateel Community Center (REGGAE ON THE RIVER, Summer Arts Festival, Recycled Youth). Her final service was mentoring troubled youth at a juvenile hall in Washington. Nancy was involved in many other jobs and organizations in the community but the above where very close to her heart.

In 2005 Nancy reconnected with one of her high school friends, Jim Hockstaff and shortly thereafter they married. They lived back and forth in Humboldt County and Washington state. During their marriage Jim and Mom traveled all over the U.S. and most importantly they focused on love, meditation, taking care of the body, which enabled Mom to live several years past all expectations.

She was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Cancer in 1994 and other complications from there but it never kept her down. She never felt sorry for herself, loved life, and above all was deeply committed to helping others. She always told us she could beat it and her fighting spirit gave her 23 more years to live. She fought until the very end.

She was a wonderful mom who taught her children at very young age to always be independent, work hard and always be honest. She didn’t have much but would always give others what she could. She will be greatly missed.

Nancy is survived by her husband Jim Hockstaff, her children Felicia and husband, Scott Thomsson; and her sons Byron August, Isaac August, and Brandon August and his wife Lynda. She also has four grandchildren: Zoie Thomsson, Ashlyn August, Jasmine August, Jordan August.

No service per her request in lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite non-profit in her name



  • So sorry Felicia and family
    She helped Roland in his tax business and they were good friends.
    I’m so grateful that I know Felicia and her loyalty and friendship are cherished by me.

    • Nancy was such a darling person…hardworking & honest are always timeless values. She embodied those qualities. She was kind, generous and so pretty too, inside& out. Fly free Nancy! Love

  • Sue and Justin Crellin

    My condolences to Nancy’s family. I’m Sue Crellin and my husband Justin. We really loved her. She was so kind and really a beautiful person. My thoughts are w u Felicia! I’m glad to known her. Nancy was one of the good ones! Peace and love to u and your family.

  • It was a pleasure to know Nancy through the years. She always kept her chin up and had such a lovely, positive attitude. My condolences to her family.

  • Nancy was a delightful person whom I had the pleasure of working with for a short while at the Redwood Record newspaper in Garberville. She was always positive and looked for the good in everything, with a big smile on her face. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity of knowing her, working with her and watching Felicia grow up during her grade school years. Rest in peace, my friend. My condolences to your family.

  • She fought that cancer all the way. I am saddened I haven’t spoken with her the past few months as we always kept in touch until her last bout with flare-ups. It’s always a bit dis-concerting to hear the news of a dear friend passing on-line. Fly free Nancy, as you did much of your life. You were a good friend.

  • I had not known about this but counted Nancy as a friend. This brought me to tears. My condolences to her family & I will miss her. Nancy sponsored me in Soroptimists when I first moved here in 1986.

  • Long live the memories of wonderful Nancy August. My condolences to the family. Your mom was pretty special.

  • We are really going to miss you mom!!

    I have never witnessed a person fight so hard to live…

    You are an inspiration to anyone diagnosed with an illness.

    Peace is with you now….

  • It was a pleasure and blessing to have known you, Nancy. Your strength and love of life was inspirational. My condolences to all of your family and friends, and especially to your incredible children. Rest in peace.

  • Holding many memories close to my heart. Nancy treated me like a daughter and gave me her daughter as a sister. She always had a witty comment for everything. Always kept us on our toes and laughing. With much love I let her go for Peace is what she needed. Love to all the family! xoxo

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