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Nancy Davidson Severtson: 1938 - 2012 | Passages

November 2, 2012 · Updated 4:29 PM

Nancy and Leonard Severtson / Contributed photo

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Nancy, died early Sunday morning, Oct. 21, surrounded by family and the loving caregivers of the Bellingham Hospice House, after a long battle with heart disease.

Born in Benettsville, S.C., to Edgar and Catherine Davidson (the best math teacher in the world), she spent her wonderful childhood among her extensive family in South Carolina and Georgia, honing her soft and lovely Southern accent, her beautiful soprano voice and piano playing, as well as mastering the art of Southern cooking.

In 1959, she met and married Major Leonard J. Severtson, a pilot in the USAF, the love of her life for 53 years. They lived all around the world while raising their three children. They settled on San Juan Island where they lived for the last 15 years, watching the tides, eating crab and fighting the deer off their roses.

She loved children, music, mystery books, the beach, the delicacy of the South and the grand beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Most of all, she loved Leonard, “the strength of the skies and the mountains described her love for her husband and her love of the Northwest.”

She is survived by her beloved Leonard, her children, Michael, Catherine, Jerome (Keith), and David; her adored grandchildren, Carolyn, Harrison and Marie, and by her sister and best friend Dee Roland (Terry), and nephew Raymond.

“I love you shug-ah, bye-bye.”

Memorials to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation in Bellingham, God's angels at work here on earth.

— Family of Nancy Severtson


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