SIOUX CITY | Nancy Ann Mullen, 54, formerly of Sioux City passed from this life on the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2013. Her death was unexpected and due to complications from a chronic medical condition. She had her family by her side at her passing.

Nancy requested no services and instead enjoy your favorite food and beverage, I would choose pizza and beer, tell a story or two about fancy Nancy. Cry, laugh and enjoy your time together. She asked that we take the time of her passing as an opportunity to know life is short. Forgive. Love each other. Live life as if it's your last day. Dance like no one's watching. At her request she has been cremated and her ashes will be spread at Boulder Creek near Maxville, Mont., on the next summer solstice.

Nancy was born to Raymond "Rusty" and Laverna (Potts) Mullen, in Sioux City, on March 19, 1959. She attended Heelan High School and graduated from Iowa State University in 1981. She then immediately went to work as a special education teacher, her lifelong passion. She worked and spent most of her professional career in the Phoenix, Ariz., area and lived for years with her love, Eric Hopkins, who passed away in 2007.

She was a quick wit and could brighten any room with her intelligence, compassion and unabashed sense of humor. Nancy loved God, poetry, music, spiritual pursuits and challenging people to be happy and to improve themselves.

Survivors include her mother; sisters, Sue Mullen of Philipsburg, Mont., and Dr. Janet Mullen of Phoenix; two brothers, Dan of Sioux City, and Tom of Philipsburg; Eric's sister, Doreen Swatloski of Denver, Colo.; five nieces; six nephews; five grandnieces; and three grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; nephew, Alan; and niece, Emily.

Memorial donations may be sent to the family of Nancy Mullen, 4124 E. Capistrano, Phoenix, AZ 85044.