Lois Arlene Nelson Freeman, age 86, of Blaine ran with joy into the arms of her heavenly Father on Thursday, May 25, 2017 after fighting a courageous battle with ALS. She was born on December 31, 1930 to Burt and Hazel (Anderson) Nelson of Blaine, WA and was the second oldest of 4 siblings. Lois had a wonderful life full of accomplishments. As a child and thru her teenager years, she was a gymnast, singer, pianist, dancer, and studied ballet in Seattle and Vancouver Canada. Lois attended Western Washington College and received her degrees in physical education and elementary education, and went on to teach for over 45 years in Santa Rosa, Ca. Upon retirement, she traveled for 10 years with a tour group, and attended Bible Study Fellowship in Santa Rosa. In 2008, Lois moved back to Blaine to be close to her family. Her passion was working in her garden, studying the scripture, church family, travel, and family activities. She is survived by her daughter Jule and husband Luke Button of Blaine, five grandsons and their wives, and sixteen great grandchildren. Also ,her sister Charlotte Aldrich of Fremont, CA.three nephews, four great grandnephews and five great grand nieces. Lastly her sister-in law Gladys Nelson of Bellingham and a great grand nephew. The scripture that blessed Lois greatly was Philippians 3:13-14
13Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
A private “Celebration of Life” will be held on June 11th.
In Memory of Lois Freeman, donations can be made to the "Kai Button adoption fund," at Whatcom Educational Credit Union. (Blaine Branch)