Chicks Rock! Chicks Rule! was created by Nancy Kay Atkins in late 2004 to provide the Dixie Chicks fan community a place where they could watch videos and listen to audio from the web. Over the ensuing years, Nancy added to the online collection of media that eventually exceeded 1,800 audio and video files! Nancy also moderated a Dixie Chicks fan message board, allowing people to connect with each other from all over the world.
In early 2011, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite a strong fight against the cancer, she passed away at the young age of 53, with her family by her side on August 30th 2011. Nancy is survived by her brother Chuck, nephew Tony, and nieces Jenny, Melissa, and Amy. Nancy was cremated, and her ashes were spread in her most favorite spots in Oregon.
My name is Tony Atkins (her nephew), and made a promise to her to keep this site going and someday redesign it. After a few years since her passing, I have done just that. Nancy, wherever you are, I hope you enjoy what I’ve done to it! Feel free to contact Tony at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy meeting the Dixie Chicks…TWICE:
Rest in peace, Nancy. <3
In honor of Nancy, the Dixie Chicks posted on their site these kind words of support for Nancy and her family:
September 2, 2011 – In Memory of Nancy Atkins
“Natalie, Emily, Martie, and the entire Dixie Chicks team would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Nancy Atkins who lost her battle with cancer this week. Nancy was an incredible Dixie Chicks fan who ran the prominent fan website Chicks Rock! Chicks Rule! Her dedication to Dixie Chicks and the passion she exhibited in life will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers or cards, her family has asked that donations be made in her memory to The Providence Foundation. The Providence Foundation was instrumental in providing Nancy with the funds and care to take the battle with cancer head on. Our thoughts go out to Nancy’s family at this difficult time.”
The Dixie Chicks also made mention of her passing on their official Facebook page:
September 2, 2011
“This week’s Friday Feature is dedicated to the memory of Nancy Atkins who lost her battle with cancer this week. Her passion for DCX, DCX fans, and for life will always be remembered and will be sorely missed!”
The Court Yard Hounds also made mention on their official Facebook page:
September 2, 2011
“Nancy Atkins was longtime Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds fan who lost her battle with cancer this past week. Her dedication and passion for music and life will always be remembered and sorely missed.”
The Dixie Chicks dedicated this song to Nancy on SoundCloud:
“Track #11 from ‘Home’. This track was uploaded on September 2, 2011 and is dedicated to the memory of longtime Dixie Chicks fan Nancy Atkins.”