Nancy Lipman Giles

Friday, May. 17, 2019
Nancy Lipman Giles
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Nancy Lipman Giles

July 31, 1937 ~ May 5, 2019

Nancy Lipman Giles, beloved wife, sister, aunt, friend and dedicated community volunteer, died May 5, 2019, after a rich and full life. She was born in Salt Lake City on July 31, 1937, to Allan Milton and Marion Buller Lipman, and met the love of her life and future husband, Clark Giles, while growing up on “the Avenues” in Salt Lake. Raised alongside her brother, Allan M. Lipman, Jr., they have remained devoted siblings and best friends throughout their lives.

Nancy graduated from East High School in 1955 and the University of Utah in 1959, where she was active in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After her graduation and Clark’s return to Utah with his law degree from Harvard, they were married in the Cathedral of the Madeleine in 1967. The couple developed a wide circle of lifelong friends not only through Clark’s association with the Ray, Quinney & Nebeker law firm, but also through their active involvement as civic volunteers and contributors to many community organizations.

Nancy was actively involved with St. Ambrose Catholic Church, the Girl Scouts of Utah, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and the University of Utah. She was the first woman president of the United Way, and was also president or chair of the Jr. League of Salt Lake, Catholic Community Services (including its foster care program), and the Girl Scouts of Utah. Her service on boards and committees also benefitted Christus St. Joseph Villa, the Catholic Foundation of Utah, the Cathedral of the Madeleine Preservation Board and the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

At the University of Utah, she served on the boards of the Alumni Association and University Hospital Foundation. Her many honors and awards included the U’s College of Nursing’s Vision Award and an Emeritus Merit of Honor Award from the U’s Alumni Association. In 2006, she and Clark were honored by Christus St. Joseph Villa for their community-wide generosity and volunteerism. In 2011, Nancy was honored as a Girl Scout of Utah Distinguished Alumni.

Nancy is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Clark; her brother, Allan M. Lipman, Jr. (Kay); brother-in-law, Eugene Giles (Inga); nephews and nieces Theresa Lipman Kern (Michael), Allan M. Lipman III (Roberta), Tracy Lipman Eilers (Rich), David Lipman (Teresa), Eric Giles (Sarah), and Edward Giles (Kate). She is also survived by one cousin, Jean Smith, and many great-nephews and nieces.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 14, 2019. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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