Nanette died peacefully on February 18 at the Good Samaritan home in Brookings Oregon. Her husband of 65 years, Joe, was at her side. She was 86 years old.
Nanette Grisier Eckert was born in Wauseon Ohio February 9, 1935 to Donald and Esther Grisier. She spent her childhood in Wauseon and was married in Wauseon on December 16, 1956. She graduated from the University of Toledo in Toledo Ohio in 1957.
She was a member of the AOP sorority. In 1962 she and Joe moved to Boulder City Nevada where they raised their three children and enjoyed exploring the desert, hiking, camping, rock hunting, and sailing.
In 1969 Nanette and Joe purchased land near Brookings Oregon that they used for their summer vacations. They moved to Brookings permanently in 1986 and lived on their property, first in a tent, then a small cabin and finally in their home in the woods that they built with help from friends, neighbors and children.
Nanette was active in the formation and early days of the Friends of Music and later volunteered with the concerts of the Curry Del Norte Orchestra. She belonged to various environmental causes and was a member of the South Hampton Society of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
She lived a big and wonderful life. She was at home at the opera as camping in the desert wilderness or at the helm of a sailboat. In 1970 she traveled with her family in a jeep down the Baja peninsula before the 1000 mile long road was paved. It was a grand adventure.
She loved the dirt roads at the end of the paved roads and the trails at the end of the dirt roads. She instilled a sense of adventure and a love of nature and the outdoors in her children.
She is survived by her husband John “Joe” Eckert, her three children, Eric, Paul, and Zulah Karen and her four grandchildren.
There will be several informal gatherings to celebrate her life both locally and in Nevada. If you wish to donate a remembrance in her name consider the Wild Rivers Symphony or a charity of your choice.