Nancy Law Blakeslee
June 16, 2012
Blakeslee, Nancy Law, 75, born Oct. 31, 1936 in Denver, Colo., passed away from lung cancer at home comfortably in Denver.
Nancy was daughter of Allen T. Law and Marjorie Benight Law. She graduated from East High School in 1954, received her BA in physical education from DU in 1958 and received her MA in special education from Western State in 1973. Nancy was a mother, teacher, a community leader and traveler. Nancy moved from Denver to Aspen, Colo. in 1961 and moved to Carbondale in 1973.
Upon retirement, Nancy lived the past 13 years in Mazatlan, Mexico and two years before that in Oaxaca, Mexico. She spent her summers in Carbondale, Colo. Nancy served many years as the secretary of the Colorado Education Teachers’ Association. She was a PE teacher at Valverde Elementary, a home economics teacher at Aspen High School and retired after 22 years with the Roaring Fork School District.
Nancy also served on the Board of the Colorado Council on Arts and Humanities as secretary and president. She was also part of the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Committee, served on the Planning and Zoning Board for eight years and was chosen as the Woman of the Year by the Glenwood Post. When back in Carbondale for the summer, Nancy hiked regularly with a group called the “Wednesday Wanders.” Nancy was a member of PEO Chapter HC. Nancy was also a founding member of Friends of Mexico in Mazatlan.
Nancy married Bob Funnell in 1956 and moved to Hawaii. Later, in Aspen, Nancy married Bruce Blakeslee and had two children.
Nancy is survived by son Michael Blakeslee; grandson Sam Blakeslee and daughter-in-law Wendy Blakeslee of Aspen; daughter Diane Mulligan and son-in-law Mark Mulligan of Denver and sister Barbara Childs and her family of Lakewood.
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A memorial service will be held in Carbondale; an announcement will come later. In lieu of flowers, Nancy asked that donations be made to the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanity and Carbondale Lift-Up program; in Mazatlan, Mexico, donations should be made to Hospice of Mazatlan.