Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel

4675 SW Watson Avenue, Beaverton, OR


Linda Marie Nelson

April 14, 1946May 9, 2020

Linda Marie Nelson April 14, 1946- May 9, 2020 Linda Marie Nelson, age 74 of Lake Oswego, Oregon passed away in her home on May 9, 2020. Born to Dorothy and William Wasson, and raised in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA . She attended Hammond High School in Alexandria, VA and also went to nursing school. She moved to Oregon in 1965. Linda attended PCC for two years and loved continually learning. She enjoyed cooking, music, dancing, theater (Lakewood Theater Patron for 40 years) and was an avid reader. The Oregon Coast, Sunriver and Maui, Hawaii were her favorite places to visit after retirement. Linda was a lifelong friend to many and was a wonderful listener and a non judgmental person. She enjoyed talking with others about her political views and sharing the things she believed in. She donated to over 100 causes and was passionate about helping others. Linda will be missed by her loving husband Rick of 22 years, her daughter Colleen (McGilvary) Pugh, son Patrick McGilvary and Karla, Rick’s son Caleb Nelson, daughter Amy (Nelson) Whiteley and husband Jason, and Grandchildren Spencer, Makayla, Calvin, Kellen, and Natalie. She was blessed with a wonderful life with her devoted and loving husband and best friend Rick Nelson. Linda and Rick met in 1985 and after a 10 year engagement they were married November 1997 in the presence of their four children, close family and friends. Making their home in Lake Oswego for 30 years. As a devoted mother she was always there for all of their children. She enjoyed hearing about their daily lives and families, supported their paths and aspirations in life and was a never ending ear to listen and guide. She always cared about them deeply and wanted the best in life for them. Linda took immense joy and happiness in being a Grandmother to her five grandkids. She loved spending time with them, caring for them, seeing them grow into young adults and loving them unconditionally. Her Grandchildren will always remember the love she showed for them and all the events and activities she attended supporting them. She was preceded in death by parents William and Dorothy Wasson, and Grandmother Mary Gile. A Memorial and celebration of Linda’s life will be held in Fall , which was her favorite season. If you wish to honor Linda’s memory gifts and remembrances may be made to Planned Parenthood, Clackamas County Woman’s Services, and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Arrangements are made by Pegg, Paxton, & Springer, Beaverton Oregon *Please sign the online guestbook*


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Chrissy Horne

May 21, 2020

Colleen, my deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom. Thank you for sharing the link to her obituary on Facebook so I could read about her life and your special memories. Big hug to you.

Allene Gould

May 20, 2020

Linda was always laughing and so full of life! She loved to discuss politics, which worked for us since we always agreed! Rick and Linda were so suited to each other and loved each other very much. She had a beautiful relationship with her daughter, Colleen, and loved being a grandparent.
We are always here for you, Rick.

Rowland & Carolyn Tamblyn

May 19, 2020

Linda was a good Mom, Wife and Friend and she and Rick made a super team. She generously shared their home for some fun social gatherings, Palisades reunion, and special dinners (Linda was a great cook) .She loved the theater and often shared some of those evenings with us. She enjoyed political discussions....often one-sided : ). When we were together she would always ask about our families and what was going on in our lives. We will miss her.
Love, Carolyn and Rowdie Tamblyn

Michael Morrow

May 18, 2020

Next to her family, one of Linda's great loves was politics, and fortunately we were all on the identical wave length. So many times we'd get together--staff parties, dinners, wonderful plays at Lakewood Center--there'd always be time for a rant. We'll miss those rants, and her sense of humor; the twinkle in her eyes when she laughed--often.
Wishing Rick, and their kids and grand-kids, a lifetime of being warmed by all the great memories Linda has given them. Given all of us.
Michael Morrow and Ruth Peterson-Morrow

Jean Milsteadmilstea

May 17, 2020

Linda's advocacy for ethics and justice in politics was a huge part of her adult life. I will honor her memory by trying to do the same.
Aunt Jean


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