Nancy R. Hinrichs |

Nancy R. Hinrichs

Longtime Denver resident Nancy Rawson Hinrichs, 86, was born in Gates Mills, Ohio to parents James and Ellen (Beaver) Rawson and died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she had moved in 2012 to live at Carolina Meadows.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Katherine Hinrichs and John Thompson, her son and daughter-in-law David and Nancy Hinrichs and grandsons Steven and Cody, brother James Rawson and her cousin Richard Beaver. Her third child, Kurt, preceded her in death.

Nancy spent her first year of college at Monticello in Illinois and then attended Depauw University in Indiana where she studied x-ray technology and was a proud member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She was married to Paul, though the marriage ended in divorce, for many years and honed her interior and home design talents in residences in London, Roswell, Midland, Houston, Denver, Steamboat Springs and Aspen. Her careers included x-ray technician, travel agent, event planner and property manager.

Nancy loved travel and roamed the globe for years, always curious and eager to learn about other cultures. An avid collector of artworks, especially textiles and wall art and a skilled photographer, her homes were filled with the treasures she found. A wine aficionado, she explored vineyards everywhere she went. Her passion for the natural world found an expression in her volunteer work for the Denver Botanic Gardens and her own gardens which, wherever she lived, were always carefully tended and attracted the birds she also loved.

Nancy lived for many years in Aspen managing her condominium complex and enjoying the variety of opportunities there, including the Music Festival, the Food and Wine Festival, the Aspen Institute, ACES, hiking and spending time with good friends. A memorial service will take place in Aspen in the summer.

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