Nancy Lee Yox

Date of Birth

October 31, 1948

Date of Death

April 1, 2022

City of Death

Santa Barbara, CA

Nancy Lee Yox of Santa Barbara, California passed away peacefully on April 1, 2022 at her home, surrounded by loving family after a long illness. She was born on October 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, the first daughter of Richard and Beverly Jones. Her early years were spent in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach and Fresno, California, moving several times during her father’s medical residencies.

Continuing the pattern of multiple moves, Nancy attended four different high schools and studied Studio Art at four different colleges, graduating from Humboldt State University in 1970 with a B.A. in Studio Art.

She met her husband Tim in 1975 at the Indonesian clothing and fabric store, Thin Air. They went on to become a wholesale clothing company, Back East. Back East imported a unique clothing line based on Indonesian batik textiles. Nancy helped create the clothing styles along with executing design of many other aspects of the business.

During this time Nancy raised their two children, a daughter, Tia Barrett Yox and son, Adam Andrew Yox, in Santa Barbara.

Avid world travelers during their marriage, they spent time in Mexico, Indonesia, Europe, Hong Kong, U.S. Virgin Islands and annual trips to a small village in the South of France where they owned a “petit mas” in the countryside. Many summers and winter vacations were spent at their cabin built by Tim in the Sierras in Arnold, California. They were also sailboat owners and loved to sail to the Channel Islands, participating in many Yacht Club excursions to Catalina with their friends through the club.

Nancy was an elegant hostess who loved to cook delicious gourmet food and their homes were always beautifully decorated. In later years she delighted in being a grandmother, and designing jewelry. She was devoted to her family and many friends, including lifelong dear friend Julie Benson.

Nancy is survived by her husband Timothy, daughter Tia, son Adam, as well as her brother Richard M. Jones (Claire) of St. George, Utah and her sister Catherine Jones-Aidnik (David) of Santa Barbara, grandson Ascher Yox and granddaughters Olivia Curry-Yox and Sophia Curry-Yox as well as multiple nieces and nephews. She will be forever missed by those who loved her.


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