Cast, Nancy Gay

Cast, Nancy Gay, age 75, left this earth peacefully on August 4th, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Jimmy Dale Cast; their children, James Cast, Crystal Cast, Laurie Eskew, Jason Cast and Joshua Cast; her brother, Carl Wheeler; and eight grandchildren.
Nancy was born on May 6th, 1942 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to parents Carl and Mildred Wheeler. She graduated from University of New Mexico with a degree in education and in 1965, moved to Orange County, California where she taught kindergarten in the city of Orange.
Nancy was a loving wife, mother and dear friend to many, making countless contributions to the betterment of child education in her community. She was the founding president of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. She was also a founder and president of LEAP Learning Center. In 1991, Nancy was chosen as the American Association of University Women’s Woman of Distinction. She served as a member of the Tustin Unified School Board in 1993-94. Nancy was president of the Arroyo Elementary School and Hewes Middle School PTOs and the Tustin PTO Coordinating Council. In 2003, she earned a Masters in Organization Leadership at Chapman University.
Nancy will be remembered for her love, compassion and dedication to family, friends and the betterment of education. Her radiant smile and gentle disposition made a positive and lasting impact on everyone who knew her.
A memorial is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Friday, August 18th at Saddleback Chapel, 220 East Main St., Tustin, CA with a reception to follow at The Hewes House at 350 South B St., Tustin, CA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Nancy’s life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, 150 El Camino Real, Ste. 140, Tustin, CA 92780 or LEAP Learning Center, 1221 Wass St., Tustin, CA 92780 in honor of Nancy Gay Cast.

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