Priscilla Ann (Thompson) Nash, 94, matriarch of one the Friday Harbor’s legacy families, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at PeaceHealth Island Medical Center surrounded by loving family.
Priscilla was born May 17, 1924, daughter of Leonard H. and Merry Christmas (Day) Thompson and grew up in Bellingham, Washington. She was a 1942 graduate of Bellingham High School and a 1949 graduate of the University of Washington.
On May 30, 1944, she married Richard Mock, who died three months later in World War II when his plane disappeared between Greenland and Iceland. On August 6, 1949, she married Albert M. Nash Jr. and moved to Friday Harbor where Albert bought his father’s drugstore and Priscilla raised their seven children in the Foursquare house at the top of Spring Street which is now the Spring Street International School. She was a ferociously devoted and dedicated mother and will be sorely missed by her family and many devoted friends.
She had fond memories of growing up in Bellingham. As a child of the recession, she never quite recovered from being taught extreme frugality and to her dying day would drive across the island to hand deliver a letter rather than pay for a stamp.
She enjoyed summers in Alaska and a family home in Dayton, Washington. As recently as two weeks ago, she attended a high school reunion with her 94-year-old childhood school friends. She grew to love Friday Harbor where, at her insistence, she and her husband built a home by the water where she hung a sign that said, “If you are lucky enough to live on the water, you are lucky enough.”
She was a devout member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and participated in many church activities for more than 70 years. She was unfailingly kind, unendingly busy, indefatigably loving, and unfortunately tardy to everything.
She is survived by her seven children; Michael (Leanna), Mary, Jack, Debbie (Robert) Nash-Strasser, Teresa (Norman DeGraaff), Virginia and Tom Nash; six grandchildren, Jennifer Deacon, Tyler, Albert, Caitlin, Oliver and Peter Strasser; three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Albert Nash, and her sister, Lora Hunter Hawkins.
ROSARY VIGIL with Visitation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 429 Price Street in Friday Harbor
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 20 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 429 Price Street in Friday Harbor
GRAVESIDE SERVICE at 12 noon Saturday, October 20, 2018 at St. Francis Cemetery, Madden Lane, Friday Harbor. Time is approximate
RECEPTION at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at San Juan Island Yacht Club 273 Front Street, Friday Harbor. Time is approximate