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Nancy Elaine Nelson


Last updated 10/25/2018 at 4:36pm

Nancy Elaine Nelson

Nancy Elaine Nelson passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Oct. 18, 2018 in Cheney. She was born Nov. 26, 1943 in Seattle and was blessed to be adopted and raised by her loving parents Melvin and Helen Hynes.

Being a Navy family, she moved several times throughout her life until settling in Skagit County. She attended Burlington Edison High School, graduating in 1961. Shortly thereafter, she married Bill Nelson.

Both were young but determined to make a good life for their family. She shared a wonderful life with Bill, full of adventure, hard work, love and laughter. He always held a special place in her heart.

In early 1992, Nancy found love again when she met Glen Huleatt. Glen would become her lifelong companion and friend. Although an accident left her in a quadriplegic state, Glen stood by her side unselfishly giving of his life to make sure she was taken care of.

Their faith in God and her will to live allowed her to spend another 26 years with us. She and Glen spent many hours watching grandchildren's sports, attending family gatherings, attending church, going on drives to the water, playing with Bob and spending time with friends.

Nancy continued to work for the Lynden School District for over 20 years as a para-educator where she was an inspiration to so many children.

Nancy loved to cook, garden, can, sew, camp and spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would glow with love when they visited or called.

Nancy is survived by Glen Huleatt and his family; daughters Shelley (Rick) Holt, Darlene (Rusty) Brooks; grandchildren Brady and Kellee Neal, Cara (Jon) Jeffreys, Quinn (Janae) Holt, Koby Holt; Evan and Josh Brooks; great-grandchildren, Colton and Maddox Jeffreys.

Nancy's wishes were to be cremated. There will be a graveside service at Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Wash. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. followed by a memorial service at Sonlight Church in Lynden, Wash. at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made in Nancy's name to any spinal cord injury program or to Spokane Hospice House. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Visit the online guest book at


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