Nancy Jane "Nan" Burns-Johnson
1945 - 2021
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Nancy "Nan" Jane Burns-Johnson died Monday March 8, 2021 in Loveland Colorado with her family by her side. She was 75.

Nan was born in Denver Colorado on September 13, 1945 to June Koshak and James Dean Burns. She was the middle of 7 children.

She raised four children from her first marriage on a farm on the western slope. Two days after her 40th birthday she welcomed her fifth child a beautiful red-haired girl in Montrose. Later settled in Spokane Washington where she met and married her husband Jerry Johnson. The summer of 92 she helped her best friend "Punky" build a cabin in the backwoods of Montana. Jerry and Nan had a business J & N lawn care service in Spokane. She and Jerry enjoyed their John Wayne movies and their many many spare-of-the-moment road trips. One of her greatest

accomplishments was being Grandma Nan to her grandchildren. She started a tradition of sending 2 dollar bills on their birthdays the number of 2 dollar bills would correspond with their age. After the passing of her husband Jerry in 2004 Nan and her mom, June moved back to Durango Colorado. There she became involved with the VFW Post 4031 and became an Auxiliary life member. She loved to go to the "V" and was known as the life of the party and was quite the pool shark!!!

Nan was preceded in death by her Mom June, her father Stan, sister Tammy, her daughter Gaile, granddaughter Cassie and her husband Jerry Johnson.

She is survived by her children Connie Barber (Scott) John Kramer (Ann) Tracy Koch (Tom) and Ashlie Coleman (Alex). Grandchildren Sarah Barber, Amanda & Trevor Koch. Siblings Bob Burns, Sherry Herrboldt, Kay Norby, Wendy McMillan and Stan Koshak. And lastly her many friends and cohorts that love her!!

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Published in The Durango Herald on Mar. 19, 2021.
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March 22, 2021
I have quite a few fond memories of Nan. Sherry, Nan and I spent several hours at the VFW playing pool, trying to sing karaoke and had fun at several dances there. Our mom and Sherry's husband, Herbie (Nan used to call him that) came to some of these events, too. Us three girls also had fund Halloween. We had my hubby, Jim come along to be our cat tamer, the three of us were dressed as cats. Another Halloween we dressed as witches, we made some mean looking witches. We used to spend quite a bit of time at the Sky Ute Casino, Nan was always so lucky. We would try to hang around her some to see if her good luck would rub off on us. We went to a male review at the casino, I think it was the Chippendales. We were kind of wild things when we got together with Nan! We sure had some fund times, there was never a dull moment with Nan around. We used to play cards every chance we got. I am missing her so much. Love Wendy.
March 21, 2021
I'm so sad to see this...Nancy was a big part of my younger years. She was like a big sister. Spent alot of time at their home. She was such a funny and amazing woman. Prayers going out to Sherry, Wendy and Stan and there families. I will hold you all close to my heart and in my prayers.
Debbie Blackshere
March 20, 2021
Nan A sister to remember. She loved her family and Friends. And family loved her. Never forget her, That’s for sure. This Starbucks is for you. Sister Sherry.
Sister Sherry
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