Nancy Davis Penfold of Fort Lupton went on to her next big adventure on September 9, 2011 She was born March 9, 1926 to Ruby Frink Davis and Ernest Bennett Davis in Denver, CO.
Nancy attended, Independence School then on to Fort Lupton Schools, graduating in 1944, she also attended University of WY.
Nancy and Donald “Bud” Keith Penfold were married on December 9, 1945 in Fort Lupton. They remained and raised their family in Fort Lupton. Nancy and Bud had 3 children, Rodney Keith Penfold (Mary) of Sheridan, WY. Jon Eric Penfold, (Patty) of Greeley, CO. Penny Lynn Penfold Masiel, (Rich) of Arvada, CO.
Coming from a Patriotic family Nancy continued the tradition of patriotism, she was involved in her children’s life, she was, 4-H, Brownie and Boy Scout leader, she also taught Sunday school. Nancy’s rich and long life saw unimaginable changes, the first cars, to jet planes, to trips to the moon. Her family and many friends admired not only her ability to remember names, faces, dates and history but her extraordinary gumption to make the best of difficult circumstances, and we will miss her wit.
Nancy loved history and was curator for 30+ years at the Fort Lupton Museum. She worked at the Rocky Mountain arsenal during World War II. She was a rural route mail carrier, and dental assistant and Weld County Mental Health Peer Counselor for 15 years.
Some of her accomplishments are: Lifelong member of 1st United Methodist Church, Colorado Merit Mother of the year in 1974, several of the comments at that time were that Nancy listens with her ears and heart, her greatest skills are compassion, understanding, and love, mostly love, for Nancy Penfold is love., Instrumental in starting Meals on Wheels, Possum Queen, Panorama Greely Tribune, Weld County American Cancer Society board member, Friends of a Woman’s Place board member, Fort Lupton Preservation Board, helped organize Fort Lupton Red Hat Society, member of Fort Lupton Public Safety Committee, Elected in as 1975 Fort Lupton City Historian, Hospice Volunteer, Mr. and Mrs. Fort Lupton 1987, 1993 Honored Citizen of Fort Lupton, 1995 Woman’s Gala for community volunteer, Volunteer, Peer Counseling Weld County Mental Health. Fort Lupton Cemetery Committee, Firemen’s Evert Hoglin Memorial award, Pickle Queen, Outstanding Older Workers Colorado award winner 2004, going to Washington, DC for the award, March 5,2011 as Nancy Penfold Day, Marshall of 2011 Trappers Day Parade. Nancy belonged to Front Range Town Clowns and participated in many events as “Nanky Poo” An accomplished artist, both with oil and water colors.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Ernest and Ruby Davis; brother, Jack Davis, (Dottie); sister, Lois Davis, (Jim) Smee; brothers, Billy Davis and Larry Davis; daughter Penny Masiel.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Donald “Bud” Keith Penfold; sons Rodney (Mary), Jon (Patty), Rich (Candy); sister in law, Jeanne Davis; brother in law; Jim Penfold, (Kay), 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins, adopted family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 10:00am the 1st United Methodist Church in Ft. Lupton.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the South Platte Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 633, Ft. Lupton, Colorado 80621.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.