Nancy passed away peacefully in her home on March 20, 2023. Nancy was born on November 27, 1937, in Evanston, Wyoming to Robert Martin and Marion McNulty Skyles.
At the end of her life, Nancy expressed that she was happy with the life she had lived. She loved to travel and visited 48 states and 5 continents. She loved going on cruises and road trips. She loved traveling with her children and grandchildren and experiencing new places. She loved to try new things and had an adventurous spirit, as long as the day ended by sleeping in an actual bed. Her last trip was to Australia in November and December 2022 where she celebrated her 85th birthday and attended the wedding of her grandson.
Everyone who knew Nancy soon came to understand that Mondays were “Gramma Day.” Starting when her oldest grandchild was a baby, Nancy spent the day and the evening with her daughter and grandchildren. One of her grandchildren remembers never dreading Mondays because of the “Gramma Day” tradition. These “Gramma Days” often included games, including video games such as Mario Golf with her loved ones. Nancy adored her grandchildren and was immensely proud of their professional, academic, and artistic endeavors.
Nancy was very social. She had a vivacious personality and had a large circle of friends. She loved going out to lunch and movies. She was active in her church serving in a variety of callings. She loved to read and was active in her book club for many years. In addition, she loved going to plays and was an Arvada Center season ticket holder for many years. Nancy loved her friends dearly and wrote in her journal, “Because of them, I never feel alone and I have a sense of belonging, of being a piece of many lives. What warmth burns deep within me when I think of this. I am blessed.”
Nancy attended the University of Wyoming where she was president of her social sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and involved in many organizations. Nancy married her husband, John, in the Alpha Chi Omega house in Laramie in 1959.
Nancy’s career was in health information management where, for over 25 years she was a department head at the Wheat Ridge Regional Center and retired as Vice President of Operations for Smart Corporation in 1995. She served as president of the Colorado HIM Association and was their distinguished member in 1999. She also served on the editorial review board for the American Health Information Association.
Nancy is predeceased by her husband, John Bruner, her son, John Bruner, Jr. and her brothers Robert and Paul Skyles. She is survived by her daughter, Marianne (Troy) Peterson and her grandchildren Weston (Indalesia) Peterson, Shannon (Gabriel) Clendenning, Adam (Eden) Peterson, Sarah Peterson, and her great grandson, Indalesio.
Nancy loved her Irish heritage and requested a wake to be held when all her grandchildren could be present. The wake will be held Friday April 21, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6490 Quail St. Arvada. Refreshments highlighting her favorite things will be served.