Jannine E. “Nini” Gaughan died May 2 in Grass Valley. She was 69.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 30, at Mountain Air Mobile Park, 14338 State Highway 49 in Grass Valley.

Jannine was born June 30, 1938, in Richmond to Paul N. Williams and Charlotte H. Williams. She attended Mount Diablo High School in Concord and worked many years in the health care industry.

Jannine enjoyed spending her time with her four beloved children. As a parent, she built a beautiful home environment where kids learned the importance of open-mindedness and optimism. With her flamboyance, flair and humor, there was never a shortage of fun around the house. All who spent time with her knew her as both an independent thinker and a careful listener. She was a sensitive woman with a sharp wit, a quick laugh, and a deep love of family. She was a fan of most any kind of game and a lifelong animal lover who could spend endless hours watching the birds come and go from the trees that crowded her back deck. She fed them, studied them and loved them, knowing them by their scientific names as well as whatever other names she had tagged them with.

Jannine is survived by four children, Donald E. Gaughan, Danial A. Gaughan, both of Grass Valley, Mitchell P. Gaughan, and Nicole Gaughan, both of Leavenworth, Wash.; sister, Cindee LaPointe of Spokane, Wash.; her beloved cat, Beau; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte H. Williams; father, Paul N. Williams, and the stepfather who raised her, Arthur F. Amaral.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User