March 19, 1932 ~ June 5, 2019

Born in: Birmingham, AL
Resided in: Denver, CO

Jordan, Nancy Winters, 87, of Denver, died gracefully on June 5, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Zack Jordan, and beloved son, Buzz Jordan.  She is survived by her cherished daughters, Amy Jordan Russ (Chris) and Christy Jordan (Chris Little) .

She was a loving grandmother to Zack Jordan, Brooks Jordan, Molly Jordan Little and Kate Jordan Little, adoring sister of Sally Winters Rippey and wonderful aunt of Glenn, Gregg and Drew Rippey and Peter and Bobby Tucker.

Her funeral is at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia, Denver.

Nancy was born in Birmingham, Alabama to Bob and Lucy Winters in the height of the Great Depression.  She was bright, curious and creative. Her best day of her childhood was when her baby sister Sally was born.  The Winters family moved to Oklahoma City, OK, and then to Kansas City, KS, where Nancy found lifetime friends and enjoyed a carefree childhood and teenage life.  They moved to Denver in 1949 and Nancy was graduated from East High School.

Nancy (or Nanoo as she was known) loved attending three colleges: Monticello College, Colorado College, and was graduated from the University of Colorado in 1953, with a B.A. in Sociology.  She was member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and became a lifetime fan of sports. It was there that she met the dashing Zack Jordan, a CU athletic legend, and had a loving romance for four years before they married in 1957.  Zack proposed to Nancy by declaring, “I would like to have children with you.” And they had three:  Amy in 1958, Buzz in 1960 and Christy in 1966.  Her children were the center of her life and she spent her days loving, nurturing, encouraging, and mentoring her precious clan.  She was a Room Mother, a Pet Mom to several dogs and cats, a Volunteer for the Junior League of Denver, an Event Planner, a Cake Baker, a Peacemaker, a Cheerleader, a Costume Maker, a Driver, a Tutor, a Meal Maker and a Tear Dryer.

Her motherly duties were never tested as much as when her beloved husband Zack, died suddenly at age 49.  Her strength, resilience, compassion and positive outlook helped pull her children though those dark days.  She maintained those qualities and lived independently in the Victorian house in historic Montclair that she and Zack had restored for another 41 years.

She delighted in the spouses her children chose to marry, and was thrilled to welcome them to the family, she loved Chris, Chris, and Kim as her own children.  A special blessing in her life was the arrival of her four darling grandchildren.  She had a kind, gentle, and fun relationship with Zack, Brooks, Molly, and Kate, and gave them encouragement, warmth and her generous spirit.  She loved going to their sporting events, school performances and graduations, and celebrating birthdays, holidays and achievements.

Through the years she had a “brilliant career” and became a tutor, proofreader, editor and Census taker.  She enjoyed gardening and talking about all things floral, reading, her bridge clubs, going to movies, concerts and plays, the news and current events, and crafty projects.  She loved holidays and elaborately decorated her home for each occasion. She consistently had her dining room formally set, and used  her sterling silver flatware every day. She cherished her friends, near and far and always made time for a tete-a-tete chat.

She was heartbroken nine years ago when her adored son, Buzz, died at age 49.  But she proved her resilience once again and got dressed every day, and dealt with her grief in an admirable fashion. She’s kept his memory alive by relaying amazing stories and funny “Buzzisms” to his sons Zack and Brooks, and talked about him every day.

Even as her health declined, Nancy enjoyed the company of her sweet friends and relatives, and delighted in phone conversations, emails and visits in her home by the many people who adored her, both old and young.

Her greatest wish was that “her people” be happy and told us that often and emphasized it most recently.  She was happy in her long life and it gives us all peace that she is no longer struggling.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to two of her favorite scholarships: #ForeverBuffs and Manual High School. The University of Colorado Alumni Association Scholarship CU Advancement Office| CU Foundation 1800 Grant Street Denver, CO 80203 303-541-1290 or Friends of Manual 1700 E. 28th Avenue Denver, CO 80205 720-295-3418


Memorial Service: June 11, 2019 3:00 pm

Montview Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80220

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  1. A more beautiful recitation of a life well lived and well loved could not be made. Thank you for sharing such rich details taking us all back to the time a tiny spark of a child began making her signature impact on the world, Great Depression and all. Nancy Jordan was a cheerful, attentive and positive force in our lives as well. She will be missed dearly going forward by the entire WulfPack. We love her so. May she Rest In Peace connecting with her beloved boys, parents, friends and pets all the while keeping loving watch over her cherished earthly family.
    All our love,
    Mo, Doug, Conor, Kate and Kelly Wulf

  2. Dear Amy, Christy, Chris and Chris:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom as always involved in “everything kids”. Yet, despite how busy she was, she carried it all off with aplomb and charisma. She was so genteel and we all aspired to be like her.

    Love you lots,
    Carol Flowers

  3. How fortunate and blessed are we all to have had Sweet Nance in our lives. She enriched us with her class, grace and good humor. She strengthened us with her intelligence, patience and tolerance. And she brought us incessant laughter with her creativity, word-wit and silliness. I shall miss you from Oklahoma to Teratoma, and from Thanksgiving to Halloween and every day in between. May you have for eternity your left-hander’s corner seat at the Good Lord’s table. Godspeed my Pisces friend!

  4. Dear Amy, Christy, Chris and Chris, Kim and Zack, Brooks, Molly and Kate,

    Nancy, (Nana) was an amazing, generous, caring mom, grandmother, sister and friend who exuded light and love. I feel blessed and grateful to have known her. She consistently overcame adversity and wrenching losses, and managed to maintain her positive attitude and her desire to help others. Rest in Peace, Nancy. You are missed.

  5. Known to me as Mom Jordan, I think of that darling twinkle in her eyes and always loved to hear her wonderful stories about Denver and East High School. She raised three amazing children, a testament to her strength and character. You are all in my heart as you deal with the loss of such a lovely lady.

  6. Nancy was her mother’s daughter, full of wit, compassion, and fun. Every last memory brings a smile. She will he missed here on earth. Godspeed.

  7. Nancy was one of the first people I met when Jack and I married and I moved to Colorado. The birthday club lunch group was in full swing and she was so warm and welcoming. I loved our conversations about kids and school and the important things of life. What a treasure!
    Blessings to the family,

    Jack and Sue

  8. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Nancy. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

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