Nancy Lou Magnuson, 71, died September 28, 2013 at home in Anchorage after a long and courageous battle against breast cancer. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at ChangePoint Church in south Anchorage on October 3, 2013 at noon with a lunch reception to follow.
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Mrs. Magnuson was born on February 14, 1942 to Clyde and Lou Kuckenbecker in Seattle, Washington. She graduated 3rd in her class of nearly 700 students from Lincoln High School in 1960. She received a full academic scholarship from the University of Washington and graduated with a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1964. While working at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, she fell in love with her future husband (the late Bill Magnuson) while teaching him how to walk again after an accident. The couple married on December 10, 1966 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and moved to Alaska shortly thereafter to begin their lives together. Shortly after arriving in Anchorage, Nancy founded Anchorage Physical Therapy, where she provided patients with compassionate care until her retirement in 2005. Nancy was very active in all of her five children's sports, including ice hockey, figure skating, softball, baseball, dance drill team and horse-back riding. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, shopping, spending time with family and helping others.
We will always remember our mother for her sweet, kind and loving demeanor as well as her generosity, willingness to always put her children first and seeming inability to complain about anything. Despite her health ailments, Nancy always maintained a positive outlook and zeal for life, as evidenced by her favorite saying, "Every day is a victory!" She enjoyed attending ChangePoint Church and would continually recount how incredibly grateful she was for all of God's blessings in her life.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Amy Eileen Magnuson of Vacaville, California; daughter and son-in-law, Kristine and Steven Mottram of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Tonya Rollison of Anchorage; daughter, Amy Elizabeth Magnuson of Anchorage; and son and daughter-in-law, William and Katherine Magnuson of Madison, Wisconsin; and twelve beloved grandchildren.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2013