Lynn Petra Nelson|
June 27, 1938 ~ June 28, 2014
75 and still alive, 76 and still in the mix. . .
Lynn Petra Nelson was born to Lorna & Vern Peterson on June 27, 1938; she was raised with her older brother David in the Ballard District in Seattle, Washington. She left home in her early teens and lived with a neighboring family, Michael and Audrey Mickleson. Always proud of her Swedish heritage she loved to sing the chorus of the Ballard High Fight Song which she maintained was "lutefisk, lutefisk..."
5.0' in heels, she claimed she won the election for Ballard High School Student Body Secretary because she was too short to see over the podium and her fellow students thought that was so funny; thereafter she was nicknamed Little Pete and/or Giant.
In 1958, Lynn moved to San Francisco with friends, to pursue glamour and adventure in the Hotel and Travel business. A decidedly glass- half- full spirit, she believed that the Welcome Giants banners on Market Street were for her.
She married (George) Morris Nelson in 1961; together they moved to the SF Bay Area and settled in Foster City. They had three children, Gretchen 1964, Susan 1966, and Chris 1972. Lynn threw her considerable energy, artistic and creative drives into her family, community, and schools. She invented multitasking.
After surviving breast cancer she challenged herself to run; made it to the top of Pikes Peak and created Runners' Travel.
After moving back to San Francisco on her own in 1991, with the first of four very special dogs (Kinda, Petie, Stella and Cheri) she settled on the shoulder between the Castro and Noe Valley districts, she threw her boundless energy into walking in support of Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment; educating through PFLAG; teaching drawing; sketching, etching, watercolor and graphic design, walking her beloved dogs on Kite Hill, serving on the Board of Pets Unlimited, and exploring Native American Spirituality.
It was fitting that she chose the hummingbird as her animal totem. Like Lynn, they are small, fast, hum, eat many small meals, and can fly in any direction. Lynn will be greatly missed.
A celebration of the life of Lynn Petra Nelson will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 5 PM, Swedenborgian Church;3200 Washington St.
San Francisco, CA 94115.
Loop Flowers 415-517-8725
If you wish, In lieu of flowers, a donation in Lynn's name may be made to Pets Unlimited or the San Francisco SPCA.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 8 to July 6, 2014