Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Beverly Jean Nelson Memorial
Beverly Jean Nelson Memorial

Beverly Jean Nelson

Beverly Jean Nelson

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Beverly Jean Nelson, aka ‘The Ticket Lady’, 89, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on August 3, 1928 in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Frank & Elizabeth (Piper) Southworth.  The family later moved to Seattle where she was raised and she attended and graduated from Franklin High School.

In 1954 she was united in marriage to Kevin L. Nelson and they made their home and raised their children in Seattle and Portland until moving to Sedro-Woolley in 1968.

In the early 1970’s Beverly began volunteering at the Sedro-Woolley High School, selling and/or taking tickets at football, basketball, wrestling and volleyball games.  She has greeted, hugged, kissed and waved to thousands of students and spectators over the 40 plus years of her dedicated service.  If she didn’t see students at school, many would stop by her home to see her or her kids.

Beverly is survived by her children, Joe Nelson of Sun City, AZ, Paul Nelson of Arlington and Julie Shelby and husband Eric of Lyman;  her sister, Patti LaCross of Portland, OR; 9 grandchildren, Brandi, Brittany, Heather, Dustin, Shay, Brandon, Ashley,  Devon and Chandler;18 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces and 3 nephews, and numerous extended and adopted family.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kevin L. Nelson, Jr.; step-sister, Betty Paulson and a brother-in-law, Bill LaCross.

A Go Fund Me account has been established for expenses with the balance to go towards a scholarship fund in memory of Beverly.

A short graveside committal service will be held at the Hamilton Cemetery on Friday, August 11th at 11:00 am, with a Life Celebration Service on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Lemley Chapel with Linda Haddon, Celebrant. Visitation will be available at Lemley Chapel Monday thru Thursday from 9 to 5.


  • Dorothy Epps

    I will always remember the wonderful smile and the hugs that she gave me. Bev will surely be missed.

  • Stephanie Gaddis

    Julie, Joe, and Paul, As a family are thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mom was a great neighbor and a good friend. I met Beverly when I was a teenager and our friendship grew when we became neighbors. I will carry fond memories of Beverly in my heart forever.

  • Annie Nersten

    Bev was a one of a kind woman. she never forgot you and always greeted you with a smile and hug. Prayers to the family. We are so sorry for your loss, and for the void this leaves in our community, especially school events. We cannot get away to attend the service but know we are there in spirit. Love ya all.

    The Nerstens

  • Kristine Dunnigan Dodge

    Thank You Bev for touching so many peoples lives, your an inspiration! I’ll never forget our conversations & laughs, and especially your great advice. You were apart of my heart, and always will be. I’ll miss you daily, but will think of you with your Angel’s wings. Paul, Julie & Joe, you Mom made lasting impressions on so many people, I know you can only be proud. Praying for comfort and peace for each one of you during your time of grief…

  • Teresa Swanson

    Joe, Julie and Paul I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.She was like a Mother to me. My prayers are with you at this time.

  • Ashley Nelson

    Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep and if I die before I wake I pray the Lord my sould to take…..I will always and forever remember our pray before bed, I will share this with my children who adored you more than anyone in this world….u are so amazing and I am so grateful to have u in my life… I love u far more than words can say! U are my rock!

  • Sam Andrews

    Leaving work, I would go to your home and say hi or you would wave as I walked to my car. I got a big hug and an I love you each time at a sporting event. Took you with me in the cheer van to away events when you wanted to go. There is no other lady more deserving of a queens chair at Jesus’ table in heaven. There will be an empty chair at
    the high school you served so selflessly for so long! You are dearly loved and sorely missed my friend.

  • Kim DeVaney

    I will miss your smile & our fun at the games sharing stories. It was a pleasure working with you friend. Tell Brad I said hello. Thanks for letting me be part of your journey. Loves , Kim

  • Tina Rexroth

    Joe, Julie and Paul,
    Please know that my heart breaks for the loss of your Momma. She was very precious to me. She guided me through many rough spots in my life. Very blessed to be accepted as part of the family. Life sends us Angels when we need them. May you all find Peace, your Momma finally has Peace! Growing up and even in my adult years, your Momma was one of my safe places. Know that I love you all and wish for you all much happiness! You are all very strong, you will heal and live on as part of your Mom’s Legacy! Here for you! Love always, Tina and Daddy Julius

  • Karen Nystuen

    Julie and Paul I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to both of you during this time of sorrow. Your mom was beautiful and sweet and she will be missed.

  • Kathryn Garcia

    Too the lady who was more of a mother to me then my own, “I love you”. Even though we did not get to see each other much later in life you were always on my mind. I will miss the phone calls and special cards we had over the years. I miss you already. I know you are now free of all worldly cares and with the family you have missed. Love you forever, your Kathy.