Mabel Christine Nygaard Meier was born in Aberdeen, Wash., on Dec. 13, 1920, the only child of Norwegian immigrant parents Andrew and Margit Jordet Nygaard. She passed away on Oct. 27, 2016, in Stanwood, Washington at the age of 95.
Mabel grew up on the corner of North 40th Street and Corliss Avenue North in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1939. She continued to live at home, working at Sears, Roebuck &Co. until one winter day, on the only day in her life that she ever went skiing, she met a handsome Seattle radio man named Kenneth Walter Meier. They were married on June 7, 1941, at Seattle’s historic Immanuel Lutheran Church where she had been confirmed. Two daughters were born to them, Christine in 1943 and Adrienne in 1946.
The impending construction of Interstate 5 led Mabel and Ken on the adventure of a lifetime as they left their soon-to-be paved-over North Seattle home for the lights of Paris, France where Ken worked at a joint U.S. military command from 1957 to 1963. Mabel loved entertaining there, finding new “treasurelies” at auction and in the junk yards, traveling all over Western Europe, and finally, loving the many dogs who shared their life: Mitzi, Teckla, Bonnie, Hedgie, Lady, Duke, Kendra and Tillie. Following eight years in Washington D.C., early retirement brought them back to Seattle where Ken built a home for them on Garrison Bay, San Juan Island where Mabel lived for the next 44 years. She lost her beloved Ken in 2008 after 66 years of marriage.
She is survived by her two daughters, Christine Meier Smith (Richard), Adrienne Meier Remmer (Steven), seven grandchildren: Amy Harvey Ohme (Hans), Stephanie Mohler dos Santos (Valmire), Brian Harvey (Amanda), Ryan Mohler, Justin Mohler, Wesley Remmer (Emily), and Allison Remmer Davy (Joe) and three great-grandchildren: Anna and Boden Harvey and Finn Ohme. She is also survived by extended family members Shelly Smith Garrett (Craig), Kalen, Ella, Anna and Sarah Garrett, Jeffrey Smith (Kristine), Maya and Reed Smith, Nathan and Elliot Haga and Dylan Chambers, all of whom were the light of her life.
Although her own light has gone out now, she will be remembered lovingly by her family, her friends and her neighbors.
A graveside service was held on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at Evergreen Washelli/Pacific Lutheran Cemetery where she was laid to rest next to Ken. The family would like to thank the staff at Josephine Sunset Home, Stanwood, for the wonderful care she received there during her last three months.
Safe journey, Madame.