Solveig Atterberry, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away August 25, 2014 after a courageous 4 year battle from Metastatic Breast Cancer.
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Solveig was born May 31, 1944 in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents, Helga and Egon Andersen and was christened and confirmed in the Danish Lutheran Church.
Solveig was much loved and is survived by her husband, Jones Atterberry; her exceptional and beloved children, Lynn Corina Moi of Burnaby, BC, Canada, Lorna Bridget Dobberstein and her husband, Gordon Dobberstein of Portland, Oregon, Jones (Joe) Atterberry of Anacortes, WA and Chico, CA; grandchildren, Elauna Marie Dupuis and partner, Matt Lopez of Portland, Oregon, and Roclynn Atterberry and Adelaide Atterberry, of Big Lake, Washington; great-grandchildren, Mia Andersen Dupuis and Isabel Lynn Dupuis of Portland, Oregon; Solveig's siblings, Finn Steensen (Helga) of Koge, Denmark, Lisbeth Krawczyk of Stockholm, Sweden, Marianne Arndtzen (Palle) of Hillerod, Denmark, Hans Steensen (Lise) of Lyngby, Denmark, and Lb Andersen (Lisbeth) of Havdrup, Denmark; stepmother, Ellen Andersen of Havdrup, Denmark; nieces and nephews, Rene, Klaus, Soren, Mia, Emil, Camilla, and Casper of Denmark and Annie, Tonny, Per, Peder, of Sweden.
Solveig was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Per Andersen; and niece, Elisabeth Krawczyk.
Solveig's life was so unique. In 1964 at the age of 19 she was eager to see the world, she immigrated to Vancouver, Canada on her own to work as a seamstress. Solveig held several labor jobs in these early years. She always looked ahead to a better life.
Solveig married Leon Moi and raised their two daughters and step-daughter, Barbara Moi in Richmond and North Delta, B.C. Canada.
Solveig entered the fragrance and cosmetic business as a counter person then advanced to sales and on to district manager, representing the world's largest French fragrance houses. Her territories were British Columbia and Alberta. She met two life time friends, Bette Hawes and Heidi Wiesenthal. Holding similar sales positions allowed them to travel together setting promotions for all Canadian Department Stores.
In 1985 Solveig immigrated once again, this time to the United States to marry Jones Atterberry. She continued in the fragrance business, this time in the duty free markets. Headquartered in Blaine WA, Duty Free marketing was a new concept. Solveig's skills in marketing and management of fragrances, cosmetics, chocolates, brand named jewelry and special gifts, soon grew her divisions into multi-million dollar operations. Operations expanded from Blaine in Washington State across the entire northern USA border. Solveig was promoted to Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. She traveled as a company representative in Europe and South Africa. Solveig was especially proud of her world-wide fragrance brands; Chanel, Oscar, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. The world's fragrance industry bestowed on Solveig, the 'Jacques Chaillou Award' for Service of Excellence in the Duty Free Industry.
In 1995 Solveig acquired her real estate license. Solveig and Jones worked together as Team Atterberry for 15 years as REALTORS. She coined her real estate slogan as, 'a customer for life'. Helping clients who became friends find their dream.
Solveig was smart, elegant, gifted, charming and beautiful and always true to her word.
Solveig has so many friends; it is impossible to list all of you that made a difference in her life. There are however four people that must be honored. Three sisters, Linda Hendricks, Janice Nations and Nancy Duffy who have been with Solveig through thick and thin for all of her 29 married years. Traveling with Solveig these last four years to Swedish Cancer Center for Chemo treatments, shopping trips to Nordstrom's, and martinis at the Sorento Hotel. Jeffery Hendricks for his love he has shown for Solveig, and his unbelievable generosity, we Solveig's family will never be able to say thank you enough. A special thank you to Ronaye Kas-Lewis for her unconditional love and affection in the end.
A celebration of Solveig's life will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Anacortes Lutheran Church, 2100 O Ave, in Anacortes, WA, 360-293-9586.
Solveig's ashes will be scattered at sea near Anacortes and in Denmark.
Donations in Solveig's name may be made to Elsa & Company at 704 Commercial Ave., Anacortes WA 98221, a charitable company headed by Linda and Jeff Hendricks.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Solveig, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 29, 2014