Our sweet girl, our Mom, our Nana, our sister, our best friend and our fearless protector passed away peacefully at home with family, of Pancreatic Cancer on July 24th, 2017. She had fought for 3 years with a positive attitude and incredible bravery! Ultimately, her body became weak and after 3 bites of ice cream, she said, “I am done, I am tired.”
Mom was the baby of her family and the first of the siblings to pass away. She is survived by her beloved brother, Robert E. Eckert (Dottie) of Lompoc, California, sisters-Phyllis Watanabe (Washington), Betty Jean King (Florida), and her beloved cousin, Douglas Fitts and many nieces and nephews. She was born Allyce Ann Eckert to Melvin John (Pete) and Ethel Louise (Louise) Eckert in the small Central Coast town of Lompoc, where family roots went back to 1908. Her father was proprietor of Eckert's Electric that continued on with her brother, Robert E. Eckert. She was raised with strong family values and to always help in the Community. Grandma and Grandpa opened their home to the military families coming into town to visit and hosted many family/holiday dinners for the Service men. Back in the day (1950's), it was an Army Military base. At one of the dances (USO) club, she met the big city guy, Bill Williams from San Francisco, who was stationed in Lompoc. She married him on July 14th, 1956 and moved to San Francisco (Potrero Hill). The small town girl loved the big city with all the culture and diversity.
She was Mom to Terri L. Nappi (Joseph), Jeff (Jeanie), Rick (Sue) and Kat Villasenor. She was also Mom to all the neighborhood kids where we were raised in Daly City, California and the people who came through the door on Vermont Street, in San Francisco. She was Grandma and “Nana” to her grandkids, Melissa (Paul), Robert (Heather), Michael, Lauren (Craig), Ricky, Joey, Alexandria, Carmen and her step grandchildren Sean (Jackie), Jason (Annalise), and Justin (Christina). She helped raise her last granddaughter, Alexandria and in doing so, she was known as “Nana” all over the “City.” She was a real “Grandma” and the kids would flock to her. She loved her great-grand babies, Hazel Rose and Harper Rose. They brought her great joy and happiness.
Mom was an easy going women, did not say a lot…observed more. She was a straight shooter…no B.S. out of her. She enjoyed people and conversation. She liked to know what was going on, but would not gossip…always the one to help or have the family help when there was a need…the door was open, all were always fed, and were taken care of like family. She would always say that she was rich if she had a roof over her head, food to feed her family and she was able to pay her bills. “Family is everything and your family is not only your blood, but who you choose to have in your life.” Thank you Mom...Nana…Sister…Friend, for being such a great teacher. You left us with a lifetime of examples to live by and for that we are FOREVER grateful!!! We will miss you!