Nancy Savage

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Nancy Savage of Lookout Mountain - perhaps best known locally for writing the book "Nickel, the Baby Buffalo" - passed away on July 12, 2013.  
Nancy was a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, and vice president of Talking Books Publishers Inc.  She was nominated for Best Children's Author by the Colorado Center for the Book when she wrote the real-life story about Nickel, the baby buffalo orphaned at birth and rescued by caretakers at Genesee. The book sold 35,000 copies.
Nancy was a Christian Science practitioner and had served as chairwoman of the Wide Horizon board of directors, which governed the Christian Science nursing facility in west Denver. She was a reader, a Sunday school teacher, and board chairwoman for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Evergreen.
She was an analytical reading teacher and had been president of the Institute for Analytical Reading in 2012.
In addition, Nancy was a volunteer firefighter and had served as president of the former Mount Vernon Fire District, which later merged with another district.
She was an avid hiker, climbing more than 30 fourteeners in Colorado. She was a member of the Mount Vernon women's Hiking and International Travel Group and worked on helping to build the Colorado Trail.
Nancy was married to Rudy Savage; was mother to Gregg and Rom Savage and to Brooke Stenzler; and grandmother to Jackson. She is also survived by two sisters, Myriah Walker from No Name, Colo., and Kathy Parks from Chula Vista, Calif.
There will be a special tribute for Nancy on July 27 at 11 a.m. at Bancroft Meadow, just east of downtown Evergreen; parking is in the Episcopal Church and Evergreen Christian Outreach lot at 27640 Highway 74. Carpooling is suggested.
A number of family members and friends have been asked to share special stories and inspirations about Nancy at the tribute. Others may share stories, photos, poems and inspirations via e-mail directed to Loie Evans at In return, Loie will provide you with a link to access all that have been submitted.
The family has identified two nonprofit organizations to which donations may be directed:
• Wide Horizon: A nursing facility, 8900 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (please write "In honor of Nancy Savage" on the memo line).
• The Colorado Trail Foundation: Dedicated to maintaining the Colorado Trail, 710 10th St., Room 210, Golden, CO 80401 (please write "In honor of Nancy Savage" on the memo line).
Questions may be directed to Kay La Montagne at 303-6746-7777 or Loie Evans at 303-378-2592.
Published in Canyon Courier from July 24 to July 30, 2013
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