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Lydia van Gerve "Blue" Savage

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Lydia "Blue" van Gerve SAVAGE Lydia "Blue" van Gerve Savage, 88, of Bellevue died on April 4, 2011. She was born in Oakland, CA, August. 9, 1922. She is survived by her loving daughter, Robin and son, Tim; four grandchildren: Colin, Heather, Anna, and Alex; seven great-grandchildren: Max, Lilly, Acacia, James and Claudia, Emmett, and Audrey. Lydia grew up on the move, living in Holland, Indonesia, the United State, South Africa. She came to the United States after World War II where she met her husband, Thomas Savage, in New York City where they were both working at the airport; Tom, as an aeronautical engineer for American Airlines, and Blue, as a ground hostess for KLM. They traveled the world, working first in the Air Force for 24 years, then 24 years at the Boeing Company. They lived in Paris, Brussels, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Lebanon, and Athens, as well as circling around the world. Blue grew up sailing on the lakes in Holland, and went on to sail her way around the Mediterranean, Caribbean with Tom in sailing flotillas. Tom grew up skiing in upstate New York. They skied their way around the Alps, Rockies, as well as cross-country skiing in Europe. She had an adventurous spirit, crossing the desert in Jordan on camelback, seeing Petra and other wonders. She was fortunate enough to see the wildlife and Masai in Africa, while on safari there. Blue had a great voice, singing jazz in Holland before the war. Later, she sang in local musicals, enjoying it tremendously. In Saudi Arabia, she sang with the Riyadh Choral Society, enjoying the camaraderie and music. A Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 1:30 p.m.at Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Bellevue, Washington. Remembrances may be shared at www.sunsethillsfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 8, 2011
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