Nancy’s gift to all

By Per Peterson

THE LATE Nancy Welle spent a good part of her life working with her creative hands. Her decorative spoon will be presented to the nation this week as part of a General Federation of Women’s Clubs meeting presented virtually from Washington D.C. Submitted photos

A fortunate few were able to enjoy Nancy Welle’s talents. This week, her gift will be shared with a much larger contingent.

Those who knew Welle — who passed away Nov. 23 at the age of 82 — knew how well she worked with her hands, especially when it came to her holiday ornaments. And now, her creation will be on display for all to see, as the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), headquartered in Washington D.C., will display her ornament on its Christmas tree. The tree — with a theme of “Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy” — will feature an ornament from all 50 states during the holiday season, including at its virtual open house today (Dec. 15).

“Every year, they have a Christmas open house at their headquarters — last year they couldn’t have an in-person one, and you could sign up to watch it, which we did,” said Karen Krog, a close friend of Nancy’s. “Every state sends in an ornament to be put on their Christmas tree. I thought, ‘I wonder if Nancy could make an ornament for the Minnesota representation on that tree.’”

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