June 23, 1929 - Feb. 10, 2017
Nancy Maude Chapman Collier, who passed from this life on Feb. 10, 2017, is now with God. She was laid to rest with her parents, James R. and Reba Chapman, in Memorial Park Cemetery in the city of her birth, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Ann Chapman of Rocky Ford, three sons, James, John and Peter, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Born on June 23, 1929, Nancy attended Oklahoma City public schools until 1946 when the family moved to Casper, Wyoming. She graduated from Casper’s Natrona County High School in 1947 and then attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU, Nancy pledged the Chi Omega sorority and as a senior served as house/chapter president. She graduated in 1951 with a degree in education.
Nancy enjoyed a lengthy career in education. She began teaching at the Helen Hunt Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, until 1960. In 1961, Nancy moved to be near her parents and taught at the Andrew Woods Elementary School in Tyler, Texas, until 1967. She then returned to Colorado during the 1970s and 1980s and taught at Fowler High School, Fowler. For more than 50 years Nancy was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teacher fraternity and served various terms as officer and President of local chapters.
While busy as a teacher and mother, Nancy continued her own education, earning masters degrees in education at Steven F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas, and in special education at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
Nancy was married to George D. Collier and the couple lived in Colorado Springs and Fowler, Colorado. Nancy later shared the last few years with Richard “Dick” Power in Rocky Ford, Colorado.
Nancy was a 40-year resident of Fowler and then enjoyed living 10 years in La Junta and Rocky Ford.