Funeral set for mom as sons try to cope

Karin Nash, who was killed in an auto crash on Scenic Drive on Dec. 14, is shown with sons, from left, Amos, Nathan and Casey.
Karin Nash, who was killed in an auto crash on Scenic Drive on Dec. 14, is shown with sons, from left, Amos, Nathan and Casey.

The service for Karin Nash, a Modesto woman killed in a car accident Dec. 14, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1732 Miller Ave.

Nash, 45, was driving west on Scenic Drive when her car collided with a Chevrolet Astro van speeding east, witnesses told police.

Modesto police reported smelling alcohol at the scene. Officials are waiting for the results of blood-alcohol tests from the driver of the van, identified as Victor Luis, 25, of Newman.

Friends have established a memorial fund for Nash's family. Nash's three sons were left with little financial support except for some insurance through her work as a family support officer with Stanislaus County Community Services Agency and a small retirement fund, said a friend, Katherine Koch of Livermore.

Koch described Nash as loving and giving, and a woman who lived for her family. All three of her sons had health problems. Nash also helped care for her 90-year-old grandmother, Selina Winters of Modesto.

Sons Amos, 16, and Casey, 18, are living with a foster family in Modesto, Koch said. Family friends in Texas are hoping to get custody of them, but it could take several months to handle the necessary paperwork.

Nathan, 25, likely will move in with Nash's brother, Craig, in Twain Harte, Koch said.

"All three boys seem to be doing OK for now," Koch wrote in an e-mail. "Nate and Casey are starting to go through the grieving process and are being stoic about what needs to be done. Amos is not doing as well. We think it's not quite sunk in yet that his mother is gone."

Nash loved needlepoint projects and baking, though she had little time for hobbies because of her family obligations. Her sons Amos and Casey picked up Nash's love of cooking, Koch said.

Casey Nash turned 18 on Friday and the family held a birthday party for him. His mother already had bought him his gift, an AC/DC video and CD, Koch said.

Nash also had bought Christmas gifts for co-workers and her family. Nothing, however, had been labeled.

"I'm counting on the boys," Koch said. "I'm going to wrap them all and leave it up to them to tell me who was supposed to get what."

Donations for the family can be sent to the Karin Nash Memorial Fund at UNCLE Credit Union, 2100 Las Positas Court, Livermore 94551. The bank can be reached at 925-447-5001.

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.