Nancy Kathryn Rule

February 12, 1930December 1, 2018
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Nancy Kathryn Rule, age 88, passed away December 1, 2018.

Nancy was born February 12, 1930 in Denver, Colorado. Her family moved to Eagle, Colorado during her elementary school years and she graduated from Eagle High School in 1947. Following high school she attended Lindenwood University in St. Louis, where she earned an Associates Degree. Nancy married Larry Rule January 14, 1950. The couple were ranchers, first in Eagle, later in Brighton and then in South Dakota after retirement. Nancy enjoyed being on the ranch, hunting, shooting, and fishing. She was a teaching assistant in the Brighton schools for many years and loved teaching kids to read, as she was an avid reader herself. Nancy also enjoyed art including painting, drawing and crafts.

Nancy was a great mother and wife who will be deeply missed by her husband, Larry; children: Lori (Hugh) Hawthorne, Robert (Cindi) Rule and Spencer (Connie) Rule; grandchildren: Tanya (Bradley) Hawthorne Hunsaker, Sumner (Abby) Rule, Jennifer (Brian) Rule Brenneman, Tyson (Amber) Rule, Spencer (Amanda) Rule, Levi (Stacie) Rule and Tracie (Jeff) Hawthorne Flora; 19 great grandchildren; and brother in law, Gary Geist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Cleo Doran, and sisters, Barbara Rule and Janet Geist.


  • Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 7, 2018

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Verner Averch

December 11, 2018

Dear Larry and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss you are in our prayers.

Vern and Linda Averch

Debi Plumlee

December 8, 2018

I first met Nancy & Larry, my first cousins, when I was 8 years old. They were married and had children so I was a bit younger :)

I remember them to be so welcoming & making sure I had a wonderful first visit to God's Country “Colorado”. There were other visits later in life, one a ski trip at Beaver Creek where Larry zoomed down the ski slopes (impressive) and Nancy welcomed us back with a warm bowl of her home made chili. Another visit in Denver area while visiting Estes Park.

The other visits were in Arizona but much the same. Always feeling welcome-even if it had been years since we had seen each other.

What a beautiful spirit and a beautiful family so well displayed in the tribute. As I mentioned when her sister Barbara passed earlier this year, my mother Georgie, always told me stories of my older sister, Pat, and my Aunt Kim and her 3 girls and their time together in Eagle - she loved them so.

So know that even though we are many miles apart & have not spoken often, Nancy was cherished & will be missed. May you all be comforted with God’s peace & the beautiful memories. ❤️

Rick & Kathryn Brannon

December 8, 2018

Sending you all our condolences on the loss of your beloved Nancy. Hard to believe that the tree sisters passed so close to one another. We were always made to feel welcomed in their presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May fond memories sustain you in the days to come.

Trish August

December 6, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of your family during this time of sorry.


December 6, 2018

Dear Rule family.....I am saddened to hear of your loss. I think of you all often, with fond memories. I remember Nancy always welcoming me into your home with the most motherly love, I will always cherish the times we came to pick up a lamb, and being January, Nancy always wanted to make sure we knew how to put the baby in the oven and warm them up in hopes they would survive, and see the baby sheep to say her goodbyes, even tho there were thousands in the lot. I remember feeling awkward when my own mom went to the house and borrowed Lori's wedding dress for me to wear when I wed Calvin. Nancy did her best to make me feel a bit more comfortable. I remember the trip, and I'm sure there were many that Nancy took to Sante Fe to purchase art. She was so excited about her purchase and couldn't wait to show off the paintings. they were of course beautiful. But mostly I remember Nancy being "the Mom" Thank you, Nancy Rule, for being my "Mom" too. God bless you and your family.

Jan Rupp

December 6, 2018

Dear Rule Family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Nancy will be greatly missed. She was a very lovely lady. Sending prayers.

Rick, Jan, Cody and Tyler Rupp

Dean Randall

December 5, 2018

Always so sweet to me!! I love you!! This is so sad.. prayers to family and friends...