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Nancy June (Eckstein) Fox


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Nancy June (Eckstein) Fox passed away March 20, 2021 in her home following a valiant fight agains bladder cancer. She was born June 19, 1957 to Stephen D. and Mildred (Smith) Eckstein in Portales New Mexico the third of four children.

She had a very happy childhood growing up in Portales with many activities and events at school, 4th Street Church of Christ and the Church of Christ Bible Chair where her father taught. She met and developed life-long relationships with many of the ENMU students who were attending and taking classes at the Bible Chair.

She developed a deep understanding of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, given that her Paternal Grandfather was a Latvian Jew who had converted to Christianity.

At Christmas the entire family would travel to Kansas City where her grandfather Eckstein preached and had a ministry to the Jewish community. The family loved the wonderful times they had while there and Nan’s beloved uncle John Eckstein would spoil the children with all kinds of special indulgences and treats.

She also enjoyed going to her Smith grandparents farm in Morton, Texas where she and her siblings played with cousins and watched plenty of T.V. She dearly loved her Grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins on both sides of her family.

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Nan graduated from Portales High in 1975 and that fall she enrolled in York Christian College, a small Jr .College in Nebraska. She went on to receive a Bachelors and Master’s degree in History from ENMU.

In Nan’s eyes, all work was honorable and essential no matter what the job. Her first job, while in high school, was at Lefty’s Drive-In. During college she worked as the secretary for the Bible Chair and following college she taught school for one year in Gallup New Mexico at the Navajo Christian School and them moved on to work as ticket agent for an airline..

When Nan’s parent transferred to Michigan Christian College in Rochester Hills in 1986 Nan followed. She lived with her parents and worked numerous jobs such as cleaning houses, tutoring children until she was able to take a job as Financial Aid Adviser to students at Michigan Christian College.

In 1993 Nan began writing to a former student she knew from ENMU who was then living with his parents in Roswell, New Mexico. She visited Billy fox in June of 1994 and found they were very compatible so they were married October 15, 1994 and chose to remain in Roswell. Through the years this relationship blossomed into love and respect for each other.

Nan worked in Roswell for several years as an office manager for Happy Daze Anesthesia. Her final job was working in the office at Roswell Livestock Auction.

Following the death of Billy’s father in 1995, Nan helped Billy and the Fox family take care of his mother who had Multiple sclerosis. Then in 2018 Nan and Billy started traveling to Lubbock Texas almost every week to help care for her aging and ailing parents.

She enjoyed many activities including watching cooking shows, movies, documentaries, footballs and golf and shopping for groceries. She also liked to walk and was seen almost everyday, no matter what the weather, walking in N.E. Roswell.

Nan dearly loved her family and took great pride in the activities and accomplishments of all her nieces and nephews. She is survived her husband Billy Fox, mother Mildred Eckstein of Lubbock Texas, her brother Brian and Estelle Eckstein of Woodland Park Colorado, Brother-in-law David and Janel Joyner of Lubbock Texas, Brother-in-law Kevin Skidmore of Bentonville Arkansas. Nan’s Father Stephen D. Eckstein and sisters Pam Joyener and Jan Skidmore preceded her in death.

She is survived by nieces, Chrissy and husband Brian Cross, Holly and husband Aaron Fletcher, Cindy and husband Brad Hall, Jessica and husband R.F. Hendricks, Tammy and husband Jeff Hirl and Trisha and husband Lynn Meyer. Nephews Stephen and wife Jennifer Joyner, Mathew and wife Brittany Joyner, Nathaniel and wife Kristen Joyner, Ethan wife Jenna Eckstein and David Skidmore. She also is survived by 17 great nieces and nephews as well as all Billy’s large family who loved Nan dearly.

Many thanks to the numerous doctors, nurses, therapist, technicians and hospital worker who tried their best to restore her health.

There will be no memorial service.

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