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Nancy Barnett Banker of Boulder passed away peacefully at Boulder Community Hospital on 18 March 2013. She will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends in Colorado and around the world. Nancy was born in Harriman, Tennessee to Ruth and Leamon Barnett. In 1967 she met the love of her life, John. They married in June 1969 and have enjoyed a fairytale life since. In the ensuing years they moved around the eastern US pursuing his career as a metallurgist specializing in explosion welding. Their last big move was to Boulder in 1977 to join the young team at Explosive Fabricators in Louisville, now Dynamic Materials. In their early years with EFI Nancy helped the production team on busy days, photographically chronicled that era and hosted many of the social events of the young company. In those years they lived at the top of Lee Hill where she developed a deep love for the Colorado Mountains, the bounteous wild flowers and the many creatures of the wild. During her early Mom years Nancy was the receptionist and office manager at Boulder Country Day School. Since 1996 she and John have worked together at Clad Metal Products and then Dynamic Materials where she has been the office manager and Mom to the global Clad Metal Sales team for 13 years. Their children, Laurel Beeken and Jeremy Banker both live in Berthoud with their spouses. Grandson Elliott, born in 2010, is the charmer of her life. For many years Nancy has worked actively with the Eye Health Institute, a Boulder based non-profit that provides eye health support in rural Jamaica. The travels in the Jamaican mountains and loving relations with many there are some of her fondest memories. More recently she and her family have enjoyed every available spare hour at their mountain hideaway in the Elk Park Ranch area near Allenspark. The flowers of the meadows and God's little creatures of the forest and rocks continue to give her huge joy. Nancy is survived by her mother Ruth Barnett of Rockwood, TN, husband John of Boulder, daughter Laurel, her husband Jonah and son Elliott of Berthoud, and son Jeremy and wife Elise also of Berthoud. The family will host a Celebration of Nancy's Life at Chautauqua Grand Assembly Hall 11am Saturday, March 23, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Eye Health Institute, P.O. Box 11052, Boulder, CO 80301. Please share your thoughts, memories and condolences with family and friends at www.cristmortuary.com.

Published in The Daily Camera on Mar. 21, 2013
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