Nancy Minett |

Nancy Minett

A gathering of friends and family will celebrate Nancy Minett’s life from 2-4 p.m. on March 25 at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, Nevada City. Ms. Minett, formerly of Grass Valley, passed away on Feb. 7 at her home in Davidson, N.C. She had been fighting advanced cancer for nearly two years. She was 82.

Ms. Minett was born Elizabeth Ann Rogers on Feb. 2, 1925, to Henry Mead and Maria Rogers in Brockport, N.Y. Most of her childhood was spent in the nearby town of Hamburg, near Buffalo, although she did spend half a year of junior high school in Los Angeles. After beginning studies at the Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, she decided to enter nursing. She completed her RN studies in Alexandria, Va.

In 1947, while on a transatlantic voyage, Ms. Minett fell in love with the very persistent First Assistant Engineer Louis V. Minett. After spending much of the next six months in Berlin with her father, a colonel in the occupation forces, she and Lou were married.

For the next 20 years, she lived in northern Europe, the Mediterranean and New Jersey, raising her three sons. After divorcing in 1968, she completed an M.A. in public health and began a new career. Ms. Minett worked for several nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF and CARE. During the period of 1974-1990, she lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Vietnam, India, Paris, Brazzaville (Congo) and Belize.

Ms. Minett lived in Grass Valley from 1996-2004. While in this area, she volunteered with the American Red Cross, Music in the Mountains and a local kindergarten classroom. She played in the Strum Bums performing band, was active at the Senior Center and hiked with local groups.

She is survived by her sons and their families, Peter, Erin, Paul and Sarah Minett of Nevada City; Steve, Chris, Jason and Nate Minett of Kinnelon, N.J.; and Michael, Dawn and Isabelle Minett of Davidson, N.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

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