Nancy Lint never stopped her quest for learning and exploring new interests. The longtime Merced teacher, musician and community leader died Oct. 18 at her home. She was 91.
Retired school principal and former Merced County Supervisor Kathleen Crookham praised Lint for her "tremendous positive impact on kids." They were girlhood friends growing up in the Planada and Le Grand areas.
"She made a tremendous contribution to education," Crookham said. "She just loved teaching. She was pretty remarkable and had so much gusto and enthusiasm."
Memorial services for Lint will be held Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in Merced, followed by a reception in the Hoffmeister Center.
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Retired teacher Sid Spitler of Merced said Lint was part of Merced history and was proud of her pioneering family. Her grandfather arrived here by sailing on a ship from Ireland and her grandmother by covered wagon.
"She was brilliant, an inspired teacher and excellent educator. Youngsters who had her in school were given a boost," Spitler said. "She was involved in everything. She was a tremendous musician and a great mother. She raised four really great kids."
Lint was born at home near L and 22nd streets in Merced to Emmett and Bernice Cunningham and spent her childhood on the family cattle ranch in Le Grand. She attended Le Grand Elementary School and graduated from Le Grand High School, receiving her bachelor's degree and teaching credential from California State University, Fresno.
Starting her teaching career with kindergartners in 1958 at Plainsburg Elementary School, she later moved to Bellevue Elementary School in Atwater. She then taught at Burbank and Ada Givens elementary schools in Merced, retiring in 1983. At Givens school, she taught fifth-graders in a mentally gifted minors class.
Beth Fretz of Merced said Lint was intelligent and very interested in her friends. Fretz and Lint played bridge and were involved in American Association of University Women activities.
Liz Kinney and Lint played piano together and met through the Merced Symphony League. Kinney said Lint was one of the finest teachers of gifted students.
"She was one of the most delightful persons I ever knew," Kinney said. "She was well-traveled and well-read."
Lynn Morrison, who taught sculpture at Merced College, recalled that Lint did a great deal of Shakespeare study with her gifted classes. Lint and Morrison were members of an investment club.
"She was into everything," Morrison said.
Her daughter, Margaret Nowak of Mill Valley, said her mother never gave up her quest for information and always had many major interests. A few years ago, she was investigating major physics concepts and could converse intelligently about astrophysics with her son's college student friend.
Lint served as president of the Merced Symphony Association and was a board member of the Merced Regional Arts Council. She also served on the city of Merced's Design Review Committee. She was an emeritus director of the Merced College board of directors and a member of the Chancellor's Associates at UC Merced. Lint lived in Merced until moving to Mill Valley three years ago.
Susan Walsh of Merced, a member of the Merced City School District Board of Education, said Lint modeled the kind of good behavior women should exhibit in public life.
"She was an amazing woman. She had the kind of spirit that encouraged others," Walsh said. "She was generous, smart and committed to the community. She set an example for people like me. She had an amazing life."
Lint is survived by two sons, Rex Lint of Merrimack, N.H., and Robert Lint of Merced; her daughter, Nowak; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Merced Regional Arts Council would be appreciated by the family.
Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or email@example.com.