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Friends remember Girl Scouts legend Nan Salisbury

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana Girl Scouts legend, Nan Salisbury, lost her battle with cancer Wednesday at the age of 88.

Nan Salisbury touched the lives of thousands of girls during her 60 years with the Girl Scouts. She helped them become women, and realize their full potential.

Girl Scouts volunteer, Margaret Rivoire, has known Salisbury for over 40 years, and says she always wanted to pay-it-forward.

"If she saw a talent anywhere in a girl or adult, she had your number," says Rivoire, "she encouraged us to develop ourselves so that we in turn could help develop others."

Salisbury served as executive director of the Silver Waters Girl Scouts Council for 28 years, and during her service, she helped secure Pinewoods lodge north of Sterlington, where scouts have had summer camp for decades.

"They gave everything to pay for the camp, through her encouragement, and then Kitty Degree found this out. She was so moved, she paid it off," says Rivoire.

The girls knew her as "Miss Nan," and she was a grandmother to them all.

"Diana would sit in church with Miss Salisbury and her parents, instead of with me and her brother," says volunteer and former Girl Scouts mother, Jane Ellett.

Ellett says even at an event in Salisbury's honor, she refused to be in the spotlight.

"That's just the kind of person she was," says Ellett, "she cared about everybody, she knew what you were interested in, and she developed you."

Although it will never be the same without "Miss Nan," friends hope to live up to their potential that caught her eye, and continue the legacy of Nan Salisbury.

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