Nancy Eberle Umbach
August 8, 1934 - September 11, 2021
Tucson, Arizona - Nancy Eberle Umbach, age 87, died peacefully on September 11, 2021, from Alzheimer's disease in Tucson, Arizona. She was born August 8, 1934, in Boise, Idaho, to Julius Lewis and Clare Holcomb Eberle. Two older brothers, William D. Eberle and Theodore H. Eberle, preceded Nancy in death. Nancy was a graduate of Boise High School graduating first in her class, and of Wellesley College where she majored in music, starting her lifelong passion for music and performance.
In 1957, at St Michael's Episcopal Church in Boise, she married Cutler Umbach from Chicago, Illinois, where they lived for 28 years. Together they had two sons and two daughters. In 1985, Nancy and Cutler moved fulltime to McCall, Idaho, where they started and operated a working llama ranch, High Llama Ranch. For Nancy, moving to McCall was like coming home, as she had not missed a summer in McCall since 1935 and had grasped every moment she could to be in the state. It was in Idaho where she steered her children, friends, and grandchildren to explore the wonders of the wilderness and to make joy and delight by adventure, togetherness, and music. In addition to being actively involved in llama ranching and mastering the outdoors, Nancy was an enthusiastic spinner and weaver, skilled banjo player, choral member and expert chef whether at the campfire or a beautifully set dining table. Honoring her past, Nancy creatively and painstakingly restored and expanded her family's rustic cabin on the shores of Payette Lake that her father built in the 1920s. With great patience, she built a full- size harpsichord that was used in many concerts in McCall. She was also instrumental to the McCall Music Society as an effective and committed board member. Indeed, both Nancy and Cutler were deeply committed to creating connection and providing service to the community of McCall.
Nancy and Cutler loved trekking with their llamas for long stretches, fishing the high mountain lakes in the Idaho Back Country, ocean and lake sailing, waterskiing on Payette Lake, alpine and Nordic skiing around the world, music genres stretching from jazz to classical to hymnal to folk, and courageous global travel. Many described Nancy as the real old Idaho, a true outdoorswoman, fearless, fiercely independent, generous, hilarious, wise, elegant, loyal, and extraordinarily devoted to huckleberries.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Cutler, four children (Christopher "Kit" Umbach of Ithaca, NY; Eberle Umbach of Indian Valley, ID; Andrea Umbach of McCall, ID and Seattle, WA; Greg "Fritz" Umbach of Brooklyn, NY), and six grandchildren.
A celebration of Nancy's life will take place in McCall, Idaho, in summer of 2022. More information can be found at: https://everloved.com/life-of/nancy-umbach/
. For those wishing to make a memorial gift in Nancy's name, the family suggests the McCall Music Society Scholarship Fund, PO Box 558, McCall, Idaho 83638. https://mccallmusicsociety.org/
Published by Idaho Statesman on Sep. 18, 2021.