Nancy K. Roberts
1936 - 2020
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Roberts , Nancy K.
11/02/1936 - 08/04/2020

83, an artist, passed away peacefully at home in Denver. She was the mother of James S. (Anne) Witwer, Kathryn A. Witwer (Gary Dukes) and grandmother of William Witwer, Peter Witwer, Charles Witwer, Madeleine Witwer-Dukes and Harrison Witwer-Dukes. Visit for her full obituary.

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Published in Denver Post from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
Nancy taking a quiet moment. Nova Scotia, Aug. 8, 2002.

I add these thoughts, having just attended Nancy's Memorial service via Zoom. It reconnected for me all the memories of Nancy's vitality, creativity and joy. It was wonderful to see the images of her sculpture and art—though they only touched the surface of all she did. Nancy was artistically intuitive and Free. I was present as odd bits of metal came together in her hands to create the unexpected and beautiful.
Nancy's life was an evolution of Spirit. She struggled but always drove forward. I well recall traveling to Bloomington, Indiana to hear the Dalai Lama speak and the 1000 mile journey to Gampo Abbey at the very tip of Nova Scotia to visit the spiritual retreat of Pema Chödrön, whose writings she much admired.
Nancy's life touched many, many people along the way. Her grandchildren have all reached adulthood and I see the great influence her spirit and memory holds for them. That is perhaps her finest legacy.
Many loving thoughts of her, though our paths had parted. I know Nancy and John Hall are up there somewhere laughing and making mischief. To this I say: May the Blessings Be!
Dennis R.
Dennis Roberts
August 14, 2020
Nancy was a great friend. When I broke my kneecap in a bicycle accident, she organized a team to bring meals and to come to my house to provide company during the 6-month convalescence.

The 2004 Presidential election took place during that time. Nancy came over the morning after the results were tallied and we wept together. Nancy Pelosi made a courageous speech that day and we tried to find comfort In her words.

An outgrowth of the the care team was the game night group which got together frequently for years afterward to have great food and play games and laugh. Nancy always made sure there was a door prize for a lucky someone to win and occasionally a consolation prize that didn’t necessarily make the winner feel lucky.

Mainly, we were lucky to know Nancy. Thanks to you, her family, for sharing her with us.

Finally, family was important to Nancy. She was positively scandalized when she learned I didn’t text. “You have to text or you’ll never be able to keep up with your grandkids!”

I hold you all in my heart.
Carol Curtis
August 9, 2020
Nancy and I met through mutual friends in Urbana almost 20 years ago. She had such fun ideas and could talk anyone into them. She and Trina were starting a band and needed a bass guitar. She ‘encouraged’ me to be that bass guitarist, me with only a plunking of knowledge from adolescence. We didn’t get around to rehearsing together, but I’ve played with that guitar during lockdown to take my mind to a pleasant place and happy memories.
As an Independent Woman, I had readied my house for self care after my hip surgery. Nancy did one better: she organized friends to bring me dinner every night. It was the first time I had allowed myself to be treated to a meal with company. The best part of my day was setting the table and tidying up for companionship during a meal that I didn’t have to fix.
Then there were the Anatomically Correct Gingerbread parties! Nancy the Artist always got a prize.
The other day Carol Curtis and I did the ritual of walking the Labyrinth at the park. My meditation for the journey was this: ‘May those who loved Nancy be safe. May those who loved Nancy be happy. May those who loved Nancy be healthy. May those who loved Nancy live with ease.’
Blessed Be.
Pat Nolan
August 8, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences dear family and friends. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you. And may you find hope and comfort in God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).
August 6, 2020
Nancy was very creative and had a fun-loving streak that made me happy to know her. After my husband passed, she made me a very special, beautiful bracelet. She was a kind-hearted person.
Kath Brinkmann
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