Nancy Lee Rossen, lovingly nicknamed "Piper," passed away on February 21, 2017 in Fort Collins, Colorado at the age of 87. Daughter to George Rossen Jr. and Margaret Bradley Rossen, Nancy grew up in New Haven, Connecticut where she attended the Mary Burnham School for Girls and Hamden Hall Country Day School. A love for art and a desire to stray from a well-worn path led her to The New York City School of Art at the age of 19. Remaining true to her creativity and desire for self expression, she later became a photographer and poet, publishing three poetry books and showcasing her photographs in various art galleries throughout Denver and Boulder. She would proudly call herself a "liberated artist." She is survived by her three children and their spouses; Jennifer and Joe Gilden, Matthew Allen and Shelley Cole-Allen, and Stephanie and Frank Albert; and her nine grandchildren -- her "chickadees" - Jessica Gorman, Brianna and Kayla Albert, Sarah and Marissa Allen, as well as, Josh, Jake, and Jed Gilden, and Chris Albert; and three greatgrandchildren, Peyton and Chase Gorman, and Jenna Albert. She is preceded in death by her parents and her son, Jeffrey Allen. Nancy will be remembered for her fierce dedication to living a colorful life, the immense love she carried for her dogs, the great care she took in nurturing her family, and her amazing ability to pull beauty out of everything and everyone. All memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Association.
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