Vail Daily obituary: Nancy A. Thomas, 1943-2016
Eagle-Vail resident Nancy A. Thomas DeCrausaz passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family after a 10 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
She was born in 1943 in Flint, Michigan, and has been a Colorado resident since 1979. Nancy worked for several years in the cashier’s office for Vail Resorts and later as the flower lady at the Eagle-Vail Golf Course. When the snow flew, Nancy framed art at LaVenture Fine Art in Avon. Nancy was a self-taught water color artist. Her love of art was exhibited in her interest in Native American art and pottery. Nancy traveled throughout the Southwest and spent many happy days hiking and exploring at Lake Powell.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Vaughn DeCrausaz; daughter Kate Thomas Copeland; sons Kenneth J. Thomas and Jonathan A. Thomas; stepdaughters Devon DeCrausaz and Deb DeCrausaz; sisters Fran Zook and Cathy Fairbanks; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; and beloved dog Gordy.
The family wishes to thank the amazing nurses, doctors and staff at Vail Valley Medical Center, Mountain Surgical Associates and Howard Head Sports Medicine for their professional skill, support and kindness. Per Nancy’s request, no services will be held and her body will be donated to CU Medical Center for Parkinson’s research. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 1529, Vail, CO 81658 to be earmarked for the Nurses’ Excellence Program.
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