Nina Nissen was born in Cedar County, Nebraska, on June 6, 1900, the daughter of Peter Nissen and Hansene Tidemann. She was married to Henry Specht on September 26, 1918, at Sioux City, Iowa. Nina and Henry lived in Coleridge, Nebraska area. They became the parents of one daughter, Frances.
Henry died in 1969 and Nina died May 10, 1987. Nina and Henry are buried at the Coleridge (Nebraska) Cemetery.