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.