Nancy A Severtson was born on May 30, 1937 in Ironwood, Michigan and died on March 17, 2021 in Puyallup, Washington. She was the daughter of George and Eileen Mattson and the sister of Brian Mattson, whom, with their parents, pre-deceased her.
Nancy is survived by her husband of sixty-one years Erv; Her daughter Susan (Peter Manous) and their two children Matthew and Andrew; and her son Mark (Mary Hancock) and their two children Jack and Kate.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received her Master’s Degree in Education at Pacific Lutheran University. She began her teaching career in Michigan, continued it in Utah and completed it with twenty years as a teacher in the gifted program and at the fifth-grade level in the Puyallup, Washington School District.
As a conscientious teacher with high standards, Nancy sought to help each student reach his/her highest potential. She welcomed parents, administrators, and student teachers into her classroom. Her door was always open. She was a lifelong learner, always gathering new materials and seeking better ways to teach students. She loved to read and shared books with everyone she knew, especially children and youth.
Nancy, by God’s grace, lived a life of faith and was active in her church, Trinity Lutheran Church Parkland, Washington. Over the years she served on the Church Council, taught Sunday school, gave leadership to the women’s organization, and volunteered at the Food Pantry. The latter was very close to her heart in recent years and is suggested for memorial gifts in her name. (If you so desire, the address is: Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 12115 Park Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98444).
Nancy’s personal life was focused primarily on her family. Time spent with her children and grandchildren was very precious to her. She initiated a family annual ski vacation between Christmas and New Year’s. Locations were in Utah and Montana. Wonderful memories were made. Interest and skills were developed. Nancy was an active person who ran/walked with her friends, rode bikes, swam, and exercised regularly. Travel was a passion. She and Erv met travelling in Europe in 1957 and returned often, including one trip with their children and grandchildren. Nancy always saved time for friends. They were very important to her. Time with them was a high priority. Especially, she enjoyed lunch and walks with them. Buying the perfect card or gift for them was a favorite activity.
Over the last six years, Nancy struggled and persevered with many serious medical problems as well as life in a wheelchair. She was an unbelievable example of hard work, positive attitude, gratefulness, and a sense of humor even in the most trying of circumstances. Nonetheless, during this period she continued to travel and enjoyed several special occasions with her family. In addition, she was able to spend special time with friends and make new friends at her recent home at Wesley Bradley Park, in Puyallup.
Nancy loved God, her family, her friends, and her neighbors. To Nancy, everyone was a neighbor. She gave generously of what she had and of herself whenever the opportunity presented itself. She encouraged her family to do the same. She was a grateful and loving person of faith.
Blessed be the memory of Nancy Severtson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
A Graveside Service will be held at Haven of Rest Memorial Park on Saturday, March 27th, at 2:00 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend.
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Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry
12115 Park Ave. South, Tacoma WA 98444