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Nancy Ruth Malmgren

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Nancy Ruth Malmgren

June 21, 1929 ~ November 8, 2016

Nancy died peacefully after a long and fulfilling life.

Nancy was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and moved to Seattle as a teenager. She graduated from Ballard High School, a proud Golden Beaver. She attended Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Majoring in Elementary Education and Minor in Pinochle. After more than a decade raising children, she returned to school at the University of Washington where she received her degree in Elementary Education in 1963.

It was at Central Washington State where she met the love of her life, Les Malmgren. They married in March of 1949 and had 4 children, Charles, Judith, David and Kelly. They started their early life together in a houseboat on Portage Bay. As their family grew they moved to Ballard and then to Broadview where she lived next to her beloved Carkeek Park for 60 years.

Nancy had a beautiful singing voice which was greatly enjoyed around a campfire and in concert with Philomel. She was interested in politics, joined League of Women Voters, and was an active Democrat. A born Community Activist, she constantly strove to make a difference. She was PTA President, Girl Scout Leader, Democratic Precinct Committee Person, member of ACLU, NAACP, Mental Health North and Planned Parenthood.

During time spent working with the Girl Scouts at Carkeek Park, a visionary plan developed to rehabilitate and bring salmon back to Pipers Creek. She created the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, gathered support and funds to make the vision real. Collaborating with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, family, friends, Seattle Parks, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Public Schools, the UW School of Fisheries, the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, the Suquamish Tribe and many others she was able to restore the creeks and bring back the salmon. Earth Day at Carkeek Park was her special holiday.

Working with the City and Parks she raised funds from all over, building a unique Leed Platinum facility, The Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center at Carkeek Park. She received both the Jefferson Award and the Denny Award for her service to the community.

She is survived by her children Charles (Wendy), Judith (Bruce Maresh), David and her grand-children, Samuel Johnson, Lizzy and Amanda Malmgren. She is predeceased by her husband of 57 years Arthur Lester Malmgren and her son Kelly Karl Malmgren.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project.


Memorial service will be held at The Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 20, 2016
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