Lois Arlene Nelson Freeman

December 31, 1930 – May 25, 2017

Lois Arlene Nelson Freeman, ran with joy into the arms of her heavenly Father on May 25, after fighting a cou- rageous battle with ALS. She was born on December 31,

1930 to Burt and Hazel Nelson of Blaine, WA and was the second oldest of 4 siblings.

Lois had a wonderful life full of accomplishments. As a child and through her teenager years, she was a gymnast, singer, pianist, dancer, and studied ballet in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Lois attended Western Wash- ington University and received her degrees in physical education and elementary education, and went on to teach for over 45 years in Santa Rosa, CA. Upon re- tirement, she traveled for 10 years with a tour group, and attended Bible Study Fellowship in Santa Rosa. In 2008, Lois moved back to Blaine to be close to her family. Her passions were working in her garden, studying the scripture, church family, travel, and family activities.

She is survived by her daughter Jule and husband Luke Button of Blaine, 5 grandsons and their wives, and 16 great grandchildren. Also, her sister Charlotte Aldrich of Fremont, CA, 3 nephews, 4 great grand nephews and 5 great grand nieces. Lastly her sister-in law Gladys Nelson of Bellingham and a great grand nephew.

The scripture that blessed Lois greatly was Philippians 3:13-14:

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heav- enward in Christ Jesus.

A private “Celebration of Life” will be held on June 11. In Memory of Lois Free- man, donations can be made to the “Kai Button adoption fund,” at Whatcom

Educational Credit Union. (Blaine Branch)

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