Nancy Carol Brown

April 23rd, 1938October 1st, 2019

Nancy Brown, who was affectionately known was Nan, was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin on April 23, 1938. After graduating from UW Lacrosse with a degree in Medical Technology, she married at 21 years of age and moved to Greeley, Colorado. She took her first professional job at the Weld County Hospital as a Medical Technologist in the laboratory. Although her stay in Colorado was relatively short, she found her way back in the later years of her life. She spent most of her life in Los Alamos, New Mexico totaling almost 45 years continuing her career and raising her family. Nan moved from Los Alamos to Santa Fe and then to Boulder, Colorado. 

During her time in Los Alamos, she was professionally fulfilled by working for the Children’s Clinic and then at the Los Alamos National Laboratory on the famous Human Genome Project where she cloned and sorted chromosomes. She was so proud that the Human Genome project and her work would be the basis for science research that would benefit humanity. 

During her life of family and professional career she somehow found time to spend 26 years of traveling and was fortunate to have visited 75 countries! She said that her three favorite countries were Italy, China, and Indonesia, and all for very different reasons. Italy for the food as well as the sense of togetherness that everyone, despite the size of the town, exuded. This tells you something about Nan. China was because of the vastness, stunning beauty, and the vibrant culture found in all corners of this massive country. Indonesia was gorgeous and, due to its proximity to the ocean, the scenery was outstanding. 

Her love of classical music was prevalent throughout her every day life and her 65 year participation in 6 different choirs and chorale society groups over many years allowed her to give her voice to these groups, and their audiences, in five concert tours in multiple countries including a performance at the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 

Three boys were blessed with having Nan as their mother; Scott, Tim, and Darryl. She has four grandchildren, Erica, Bryanna, Logan, and Marek, all of whom she cherished and loved. Nan was an exceptionally grounded person that believed in the good of people and she expressed that she tried to live life by the Serenity Prayer. Her advice to people is to live life to the fullest every day and to truly appreciate what you have. She was loved and will be missed by all that knew her.




A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 2pm at the Darrel Howe Mortuary located 1701 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026. 




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Nan Brown was a wonderful human being. She welcomed us to the USA as a delegation from Kenya through Sister City International. We pray for the repose of her soul. While talking to her I realized that her daughter in law Sally and son Darryl meant a world to her. She made us feel at home and her generosity was overwhelming. What a kind lady. We pray for her and her family. God welcome her home and protect her family.