Longtime Grand Canyon community member and author Nancy Green passes | Williams-Grand Canyon News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – On March 20, the morning of the vernal equinox, Nancy Green, a longtime member of the Grand Canyon community and author, died.

Whether alone or with friends, Nancy was an intrepid explorer of the canyons, mountains, forests, and deserts of the Colorado Plateau and beyond.

His adventures included 17 trips down the Colorado River, numerous hikes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and over 100 miles of hiking along the Arizona Trail.

In 2021, she and her husband, ranger Keith Green, received the Grand Canyon Historical Society Pioneer Award for their commitment to interpreting, preserving, and sharing the human and natural history of the Grand Canyon.

The couple had served the Grand Canyon Historical Society for nearly 28 years.

In addition to these contributions, Nancy has spent time as both a special education teacher and school librarian with the Grand Canyon Unified School District.

“She was a dynamo of energy, juggling kids and curriculum, reports and lesson plans, story times and book fairs,” said her longtime friend Pipp Piatchek.

In 1996, Nancy was named Coconino County Teacher of the Year and in 2006 was named Follett School Librarian of the Year.

“And almost every night in her free time, she would go to ballet classes, book clubs, writing groups, aerobics classes, Pilates sessions, local concerts and whatever. could pique his wide range of interests,” Piatchek said.

During summer vacation and retirement, Nancy and Keith, who is legally blind, traveled to urban and remote destinations around the world.

In addition to travel, Nancy has been active in several organizations, including the Grand Canyon Historical Society and the Arizona Authors Association. She also oversaw the construction of the couple’s home in Parks, Arizona, and has written and published three books: a novel, a collection of essays about her wildlife encounters, and a children’s book.

“In 2017, Nancy began to exhibit bothersome physical symptoms, and various doctors were treating her for one issue or another, but unfortunately medical professionals continued to look at the parts and not the whole,” Piatchek said.

The following years presented more and more challenges for Nancy and her physical abilities began to decline. She saw more doctors — both at Mayo Clinic and Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as Banner Health (University Medicine Neuroscience Institute) in Tucson.

Nancy was eventually diagnosed with multiple system atrophy.

“It was devastating news, because the prognosis was dire,” Piatchek said.

In 2021, Green moved into an assisted living facility at Peaks Senior Living Community in Flagstaff. It was there that she and her husband were honored with a party and presented the annual Grand Canyon Historical Society Pioneer Award.

“Many of us like to believe that she’s now gone dancing again – that woman who never let a dance floor empty; who was the first out as soon as the music started (with her blind husband’s hand in hers, pulling her beside her); and who always encouraged everyone to get up and boogie too,” Piatchek said.

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