Jeanette Warner

Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Baker Creek Place
1650 Baker Creek Place
Bellingham, Washington, United States

Obituary of Jeanette Warner

Jeanette Ann Warner (Nichols-Kinney) of Bellingham, Washington passed away on December 10, 2021, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, of almost 60 years, also her family, and loved ones. Jeanette was a “young” 77 years old. Jeanette was born in Seattle, Wa, on August 13th, 1944 to Steve and Margene Nichols, and was raised in Redmond, WA. She attended and graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1962. While in high school, she met her future husband Darryl on a blind date, they were married on December 29, 1962. They lived in Redmond until 1968, then decided to move north to Bellingham, Wa. with their 2 young daughters, Elise and Kristi, and have been here ever since. Jeanette worked at Western Washington Universities, Ridgeway Dining Hall, for several years as the head Chef of the salad department. After leaving the University, she spent her time making her hand-made Teddy Bears, that were beginning to become very well-known and collectible in The Teddy Bear and Doll world. She traveled the country and sold her bears at Teddy Bear and Doll Conventions. Her Teddy Bears, under the name “Nettee Bears,” are now well known worldwide and can be seen in Teddy Bear and Doll Museums around the world. When Jeanette retired from making teddy bears, she took up gardening, and as with everything she did, she researched anything she could about it. Jeanette gardened almost every inch of their homes 2 lots, with the help of her husband. She had such beautiful gardens, that she was asked many times to put it on the local garden tours, which she did a couple of times. People who toured it were able to see her big collection of rare plants, and her beautiful garden art collection, which was partly made up of her own well-known cement leaves, flower pots, and water bowls. Many people loved her garden art, and she sold many pieces. Jeanette was such a creative artist her whole life, and never looked at it as a business, she just loved to share her ideas with other fellow teddy bear artists, garden artists, her friends, and family, who not only loved her artwork, they loved her and her kindness. Jeanette was also an avid collector of books, that would relate to her current interests. She built a large book collection, that included books about Bears, art, garden art, and books related to the birds she would see while working in her gardens. While she was still in the Teddy Bear World, she loved to collect the old bears and bears made by her fellow bear-making artists. Family and friends loved to look at her collections while visiting her and Darryl. Jeanette and Darryl had a beautiful boat named “The Jeanettee” for many years, which the whole family, and good boating friends, made many great memories, in The San Juan Islands, and Desolation Sound in Canada. After they sold their boat, Jeanette and Darryl, started playing more of their favorite sport…golf. They always encouraged their daughters and grandchildren to play golf too and played many rounds with them and friends. Jeanette also enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids play in their various sports in high school and college. She also loved to cook and entertain friends and family. She was an excellent cook and entertainer. Jeanette was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend. She was so full of life. She was kind, loving, caring, and compassionate. Jeanette was the type of person to help anyone who need it. Jeanette enjoyed the company of friends, and most importantly her family, which she loved so much and was always so happy to see. Jeanette will be missed very much by her family and friends. Jeanette is survived by her husband of almost 60 yrs, Darryl Warner of Sudden Valley in Bellingham, Wa. Her two daughters Elise Warner Cupples and Kristi Warner King (James), 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, with one great-great-grandchild on the way, and many nieces and nephews. Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, and her two sisters, Cheryl Warner, and Diana Kinney. The family will plan a Celebration of Life after the new year. The day, time, and place are yet to be determined.
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