Nancy Perchesky - October 2014

Hi Nancy, thank you for allowing me to interview you. Where did you move to Fountain Hills from? When?

My husband and I had been Arizona snowbirds from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for seven years. In 2011, we decided to move here permanently and we were looking around for a place to live. Our son and daughter-in-law, who live in Scottsdale, suggested we look at Fountain Hills. We thought it was so beautiful here and we found a condo that we loved so we made an offer on it. But as we were on our way to the airport to return to Pittsburgh, the seller changed her mind and the offer fell through. I was devastated. Our real estate agent then went door-to-door in the condo complex asking if anyone wanted to sell and one owner did. So we purchased it, sight unseen. In fact, we didn’t see what it looked like until after we closed on it! But I’m happy with it and am so glad we left the gray skies of Pittsburgh to move here. We just love Fountain Hills.

Who is in your family?

The family I grew up in consisted of my parents and my sister, who is nine years older than I am. I grew up in an apartment building with no kids. So when my husband David and I married and had our daughter Amy and our son Scott, we bought a house so they could play outside. I was never so happy to see how dirty they would get. The dirtier, the better. Now, Amy and her husband Dean have a son Zachary, 14 and a daughter Sophie, 11. They live in Pittsburgh in the same house that we raised our kids in. Our son, Scott and his wife Sue have two sons, Ben, 14 and Sam, 13 who live in Scottsdale. We have a wonderful family and are very close to each other.

How did you meet your husband?

David and I met on a blind date that was set up by a friend. We went miniature golfing and then for pizza. Pretty typical for the times. I was only 15 when we met and still in high school and David was 19 and in college. We dated for four years and married when I was 19. We have been married for 47 years.

Did you pursue a career?

Yes, I worked for a pediatric dentist for 15 years and then I worked for a regular dentist for 12 more years. I especially loved the job with the pediatric dentist. We had lots of fun with the kids.

What is something that people do not know about you?

Nothing. I’m an open book. Oh, wait, there is one thing. I do not carry a purse.

What three words best describe you?

Actually, I have four: worrier, mom, wife, and happy.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The worst?

I don’t know about the best but the worst is that about forty years ago my sister advised me not to paint our house green. But I didn’t listen. Boy, we lived with that for years! So, I’ve learned to listen to her advice over the years.

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?

I would like to go on a safari and I’d like to see the Greek Islands. That one will definitely happen.

If you could live your life over again what would you do differently?

I have always wanted to be a nurse. But life got in the way.

What first name would you prefer to have?

Nancy is fine. My best friend growing up was also named Nancy. We were "The Two Nancys."

Do you have any collections?

In Pittsburgh I collected bells and magnets from our travels. I don’t have any collections now due to having limited space in our home.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

We took our children and grandchildren on a cruise to Mexico in July and it was so much fun that I’d like to do it again. I would also like to travel to other places. The third thing is that I would like a home in Fountain Hills with a balcony and a view. I can see myself sitting out there sipping my coffee and looking at the mountains.

How is your life different from how you imagined it as a child?

I am even happier than I imagined I would be.

What event has caused the most profound impact in your life?

I think it would be losing my husband David’s parents and losing my mom. My mom and I were great buddies and my kids adored her. Also, losing my dad when I was 12 years old had a profound impact.

How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a good person who was always happy.