November 15, 1964 ~ February 1, 2019

Born in: Denville, NJ
Resided in: Denver , CO

Nicole Cooper Pearce, age 54, died at home on February 1, 2019.

Nicole was born November 15, 1964 in Denville, New Jersey, and grew up in Texas.  Nicole graduated with a BA from the University of Southern California in 1987 and earned a Masters in Fine Arts in creative writing from Vermont College.  An avid reader since childhood, Nicole was also a dedicated writer her entire adult life, whose fictional work was published in literary journals.  A passionate believer in social justice and environmental preservation, Nicole dedicated her work life almost entirely to non-profit organizations, including the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and, most recently, Ronald McDonald House.

Nicole is survived by her two sons, Samuel and Cooper, whom she loved dearly.  She is also survived by her mother, Barbara Pearce Chandler of Houston, Texas and by her siblings Michael Pearce of Charleston, South Carolina, Kevin Pearce of Chappaqua, New York, Kathleen Tippins of Tahoe Vista, California, Robert Chandler of Santa Monica, California, and Dean Chandler of New York, New York.  Nicole was predeceased by her father, Walter Pearce.

A memorial service for friends and relatives will be held at 4 p.m. Friday February 8 at Horan and McConaty, 11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue in Aurora, Colorado, with a reception to follow.

Memorial contributions are welcome at the Denver Ronald McDonald House, 1300 E. 21st Avenue, Denver, CO 80205.


Memorial Service: February 8, 2019 4:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Chapel

Reception: February 8, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Heartlight Center

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  1. I love you my sweet cousin, you were nothing but pure sunshine in my life. What a joy it will be to see you again in Heaven.

  2. I was so very sad to hear this news. I only knew Nicole briefly when our sons were friends at Graland Middle School. My heart breaks for Cooper and Sam right now losing their mother. Nicole and I took both her boys and my son to a movie one weekend day at the Esquire. She seemed so happy to be with both her boys and was so charming and personable. I wish I had gotten to know her better and stayed in touch… My heart and love go to the entire family that you can get through this very sad time.

  3. Sam and Cooper – My name is Ann Marie Mulligan and I worked with Nicole for a short time at the Ronald McDonald house. I am a volunteer there and we would chat about our life with teenage boys…I have 3. We shared stories and pictures of our boys and the adventures our oldest ones were having in college. I am so sorry for your great loss. Your mom seemed like such a sweet, kind person. She left the best part of herself behind in the two of you so carry on her good work. I will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Marty Miller
    I just read about Nicole’s death today via net search. We were great friends for many years. We last communicated in late January. I will miss her very much. She loved her sons and always talked about them all the time. I’ve been trying to text her all month. I’m so sorry for this loss.

  5. So sorry to hear this. I was friends with Nicole when I first moved to Denver but we had fallen out of touch as she became busy with her boys. She was a supportive and warm friend.

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