Nancy Eaton Quereau

July 4th, 1941March 9th, 2018

Nancy Eaton Quereau, daughter of Emma Maria Smith and Brenneman Frantz Quereau, died March 9, 2018 at TruCare Hospice in Boulder, Colorado. She was 76.

Nancy was born July 4, 1941 in Trinidad, Colorado and graduated from Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas in 1959. She moved with her family to Boulder, CO, where her father took a job at the (former) Bureau of Standards and her mother worked as a nurse at Boulder Community Hospital.

Nancy had a passion for nursing and was accepted at Detroit’s Grace Hospital in 1964. She was class president and graduated with honors, earning her Registered Nurse (RN) degree in 1967, after which she immediately accepted a teaching position at Grace Hospital. She frequently recounted watching “Detroit burn” from the rooftop of the hospital during the riots of 1967, though was never fazed by the historic moments she witnessed.

Nancy worked in hospitals across the U.S. and Canada before accepting a position at the Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, WA on Whidbey Island in 1970.

A year later, Nancy married Lieutenant Stephen Paul Coonts on February 19, 1971 in the NAS Whidbey Base Chapel. They had two daughters: Rachael Diane and Lara Danielle.

In July, 1976, when Stephen completed active duty with the Navy, the family moved to Boulder, CO where they welcomed a son, David Paul.

Nancy and Steve divorced in 1984 and Nancy resumed working as a nurse. She was quickly promoted from night shift nurse to supervisor. After taking time off from work in the early 1990’s to care for her elderly father, she went back to school and earned her Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree from Metro State University.

By the time Nancy retired, she had worked as Director of Nurses in both long-term care as well as home health care. Friends and co-workers fondly remember her high standards of professionalism and mentoring.

Nancy’s greatest pleasures in life were some of life’s smallest moments. The soft purr of a cat, the hug of a grandchild, a text that read “I love you, little Mama.” She enjoyed several wonderful vacations with her children during the 1990’s and loved recalling those moments. In her final years, she was a quiet homebody delighting in the company of her children, grandchildren and animals.

Nancy is survived by her sister Sally (Dan), daughters Rachael and Lara (John), son David (Heather), and grandchildren Sophie (18), Connor (15), Abby (12), Logan (11), Carson (7), and Theodore (3). She will be greatly missed.







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The loving memory of Nancy that will stay with me is her love for Lara, Rachael and David. Her grandchildren were always close to her heart. She will be missed by all who knew her. May God comfort Sally and her family, Lara, Sophie and Conner, Rachael and Theo and David, Heather, Abby, Logan and Carson. May God hold all of you in the palm of His hand and give you peace. My Love to you all Lori Hawthorne
Nancy was my very good friend in nursing school at Grace Hospital. We stayed in touch for many years and my husband and I visited Nancy about ten years ago or so. We had a great time chatting about old times and bringing each other up to date on our lives. We all looked up to her in nursing school... She was a little older and much wiser than most of us. She was voted our class president and had the utmost respect of all of us. She is someone I will never forget. Rest in peace Nancy.
I am so sorry for your loss. Nancy and I lived together at the U of Colorado. our first year of nursing school. I lived with her family the next summer while I took a class in Boulder. Sally, I remember being with you and I know how much you will miss Nancy. I was able to visit with her many times after school. She and I really connected and I am so glad I got to know her. She was thoughtful and so nice. She told me all about her children and grandchildren and I know she loved you all very much. My condolences to all of you..
Most of my memories of Nancy are as Rachael and Lara's Mom in high school. She was always willing to have me over at her house, and I can't tell you what a life saver that was when I had no siblings at home. Her open arms, smile, and friendly (if smokey) conversation were part of my high school experience. I remember one day when Lara and Nancy helped me understand how to approach a dog without getting snarled or nipped at. Since high school I have seen her very few times but she had not changed. She and your girls have always felt like family, and I will miss her. My love and hugs to you. Love, Ingrid