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Nancy Joann Easley Ise

November 08, 1934 – January 10, 2022

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Obituary For Nancy Joann Easley Ise

A light has gone out and God is welcoming Nancy’s laughter and the beautiful music of her violin. She began violin lessons as a six year old. In 1952, her innate curiosity of rocks took her from Corpus Christi, Texas to enroll at the all-male campus at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Her oldest sister Raemar Shown was her loudest cheerleader for Nancy being gutsy enough to be the only girl at Mines at the time. Second-oldest sister Reta Sue Gould even went out on the surveying field with her several times one summer. Nancy finished her last two years at University ​of Colorado in Boulder. Upon graduation she worked in the Geophysical Section of Shell Oil Company’s Exploration Department in Corpus Christi.

She married Geophysicist/Geologist F. Tom Ise who went to work for Chevron Oil in Bakersfield California. Nancy found out oil companies didn’t welcome husband/wife teams and didn’t tolerate spouses working for a competitor. So, wanting to share her education, she took her enthusiasm and fossils to classrooms as a science teacher and volunteer speaker.

 Western Operations of Standard Oil gave an opportunity for the next adventure, a move to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Then Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and Europe beckoned. Tom and Nancy purchased a brand new 1956 Porsche right off the production line in Stuttgart. Fifteen months driving through Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Gibraltar, Spain, Italy and Switzerland and a ride back to the U.S. on a freighter filled many rolls of film! They held their breath while watching the rope sling swing the Porsche onto the dock in New York. The bonnet of the car received its first ding when a huge tumbleweed had the nerve to tumble across the highway as the Ises drove to Colorado.

 In Applewood, Colorado, guests were surprised to meet Mona, the pet monkey. In 1963, the family grew; Gretchen was born, followed by Audrey in 1965. A move to Casper Wyoming added another little Ise: Tony in 1968. Campfire Girls, swim team, boating, crabbing, fishing, clamming, camping, water skiing, snow skiing and family reunions with dear aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins in Texas, Oregon, Montana and Colorado gave many excuses for the favorite game of Spoons, ridiculous skits and style shows in previous generations’ clothes. Nancy loved hiking with friends, horseback riding and requesting that five dozen cookies be made for her annual party. Her wonderful friendships were her lifetime treasure.

 Nancy’s passion for the arts resulted in her playing her beloved violin with the Federal Way Symphony for years and serving as a visionary board member until the time of her stroke. She was always an encouraging voice for building a performing arts center in Federal Way to benefit all cultural opportunities; this wish came to fruition in today’s PAEC. Her belief in public education led to her serving four years on the Federal Way School ​Board. Nancy worked for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Tacoma before becoming a realtor which made her father, Rae Easley, very proud.

 Nancy’s mother Marjorie “ Fash” Easley was a frequent houseguest or traveling companion on Ise adventures. Nancy loved being Nana to Ian, Caitlin, and Tyler: more excuses for beach combing, rock collecting, hugs and laughter. She never knew a stranger; they were just people she hadn’t met yet. She never passed by a bakery or a rock shop and any excuse to put the boat in the water was a good one.

 We love you, Nancy and miss you terribly. Nancy’s little sister, Virginia Cusack invites you to raise a glass of Dr Pepper and celebrate Nancy Ise from 1:00-4:00 on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Wayside United Church of Christ, 2000 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way WA 98023. (Tele 1-253-838-0915) Please wear bright colors. No dreary black for her! In lieu of flowers: donations please, to Greater NW MS Society 192 Nickerson Street, Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98109 or Federal Way Symphony 1010 S 336 th St. #330 Federal Way WA 98003

We wish for all of you Nancy’s favorite Spanish saying: Salud, amor, y pesetas, y el tiempo para gozarlos. Health, love and money and the time to enjoy them.

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