Nola Otto Nash | 1942-2020

Nola Otto Nash | 1942-2020

Nola Otto Boyce Nash was born on April 15, 1942, in Friday Harbor, Washington, and passed on July 24, 2020, in Anacortes, Washington.

Nola was the second daughter born to Christina Bailer Otto and Cecil Harlan Otto; and was a descendent of early San Juan Island settlers.

Nola’s early years were spent at the William Bailer family home that still stands and looks out over the San Juan Valley. Nola’s parents divorced shortly after World War II, and in 1946, Christina married childhood friend Merle Eugene Boyce. Nola spent the remainder of her childhood on the farm that is now The Animal Inn.

The years spent on the farm gave Nola a lifelong love of the country, animals, and all things that grow. Nola graduated in 1960 from Friday Harbor High School and attended Everett Community College. Nola was married to (the late) James Campbell Nash Sr., and is survived by three children James Nash Jr. (Rick), Paula Nash-Cordova (Tim with grandchildren Eric and Sarah Cordova),Gregory Nash (Zarlasht) and sister Eleanor Johnson (Phil).

Nola worked all her life, with the majority of her career spent in banking as a loan officer; and enjoyed reading, genealogy, and collecting antiques.

Nola will be laid to rest at Valley Cemetery where multiple generations of her family are at rest. At Nola’s request, there will not be a public service.

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