Born July 25, 1957, in Burns, Nancy was the proud daughter of cattle ranchers, Vera and Richard Hotchkiss, and always celebrated her pioneer roots. She relished being an Oregon State University “Beaver,” graduating in 1979, then moving to Sacramento to attend McGeorge Law School. In 1982, armed with her new law degree and license, Nancy began her legal career at Trainor Robertson & Fairbrook in the firm’s property management and bankruptcy departments. She loved the law, practicing with dedication, diligence, fairness and extraordinary insight. Nancy swiftly rose to partner and skillfully handled her firm’s loan enforcement matters, including foreclosure proceedings and receivership actions.
Nancy was acknowledged and honored many times by the legal community and her peers during her more than 30-year career. She was an “AV® Preeminent™” rated attorney and since 2005, was in the less than 5 percent recognized as a Super Lawyer by the independent publication Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. She was also the first Sacramento area attorney to obtain national board certification in business bankruptcy law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, and was honored in 2010 by Commercial Real Estate Women Sacramento (CREW) with its coveted “Woman of Impact” Award for her contributions to the real estate industry and her mentoring of others. For 2013, Nancy was named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, a tribute awarded to less than 1 percent of U.S. attorneys. She spoke frequently and passionately to various professional groups throughout California and has been the president for the California Receivers Forum, the Barrister’s Club of Sacramento, CREW Sacramento, and vice president of the Real Estate Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association.
Nancy was a long time member of Fremont Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous capacities including board member, nomination committee and youth leader and teacher. She lived her faith everyday by how she treated and interacted with others. Her youth home worship meetings during the summer were famous, always ending with a barbecue and the pool.
Despite all her accolades and awards, Nancy always considered her best award was that of mom to her three cherished daughters, Mackenzie, Madeline and Katherine. She encouraged her girls to reach high and experience life, expected they do their best with compassion and fairness, and not to judge with “facts not in evidence.” Nancy cheered her daughters at every athletic event including swim meets, water polo matches and cheerleading events. As a Girl Scout leader, she frequently loaded her van with girls and equipment for a weekend camping expedition, regardless of the weather conditions and made every campfire one filled with memories. Nancy was an expert seamstress, making many Halloween outfits and each daughter received their favorite sewn polar-fleece blanket when they left for college. Her favorite times were when the four of them would “take to the road” as she called it, traveling to see family in Oregon, visiting national parks on route to colleges, or trips to England and Italy. She was so proud of her young women, celebrating their accomplishments, supporting, encouraging and loving them unconditionally. They were her greatest joy.
Nancy’s life was filled with remarkable achievements, many, many wonderful stories and the love of family and friends. She was an avid gardener and much to her daughter’s chagrin, on every trip always planned a visit to some garden. When asked what she wanted for her birthday the answer was always the same – a giant load of mulch. She lived life to the fullest, treasuring her family and friends; loved a great story and an even better glass of wine, played a wicked game of pinochle and had a delightful sense of humor and laugh. Nancy was an amazing, strong, independent, generous, smart, loving woman and for those lives she touched, we will never be the same. Godspeed dear Nancy.
Nancy is survived by many loved ones, including her three daughters, Mackenzie, Madeline and Katie; mother, Vera Hotchkiss; sisters, Susan Doverspike and Judy Hotchkiss; brother-in-law, Mark Doverspike; nephews, Donald, Steven and Daniel; niece, Katherine; and grand-nieces and nephews, Oliver, Lauren and Elliot.
Celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, Calif. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be sent to Fremont Presbyterian Children and Youth Memorial Fund.