Joanne Lynn Ecret

Thursday, September 27, 2018
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Joanne Ecret

Joanne Lynn Ecret, 71, of Nye, Mont., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children and husband on Sept. 22, 2018.

Joanne had been in declining health for several years due to chronic illnesses she managed with grace and dignity.

Joanne was born in Bridgeton, N.J., to William R. Jess and Nina Mulford Jess in the late summer of 1947. Her childhood was spent growing up in southern New Jersey while vacationing at the Jersey Shore and spending hundreds of weekends, as well as holidays, at the family cabin in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

In 1964, she married Ellis E. Ecret III, and a daughter and son were born over the next two years. While her children were growing up, she drove the local school bus and was an active Avon sales associate. These jobs gave her the ability to raise her children without interruption she would say. She proudly remained active with Avon up until her death with many loyal customers. Over the years she helped her husband run a small archery business and horse business in addition to working the “regular” jobs.

She had a gift for business and was talented with numbers. In 1989 the family took a ride to Montana and bought some real estate along the Stillwater River. There a new life began where she learned to make saddle cinches. She was a skilled craftswoman so learning to make a cinch was an enjoyable new skill set.

In 2005, she opened her own business, the Stillwater Cinch Company, which she ran up until her death. She shipped hand-made cinches all over the United States and Canada with many loyal customers devoted to her excellent products. She was a perfectionist and was very proud of her successful cinch business, but most proud of her family. Joanne loved her family and they were her number one priority in life. Christmas was her favorite time of the year and she made it special every season. She believed in making family traditions for the next generation into a memorable event as well as sharing her strong love of country and patriotism.

Joanne will be remembered for her quick wit and ready smile as well as her numerous hand made items she was blessed with the skills to make from crochet work to beaded items along with the cinches she loved to perfect into a work of art.

Joanne is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ellis, her daughter Justine (Greg), her son Scott (Johnnie) and grandchildren Chris, Jessie, Willie and Nila. She also is survived by her dearest Montana friend Louella and numerous other relatives and friends across the Country.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents William R. Jess and Nina M. Jess, as well as a granddaughter Nina Lynn Dawson.

A private memorial service will take place during the Christmas season. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation in Joanne’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children.