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Neva Robertson Denniston

December 28, 1928 — July 20, 2023



Neva O. Robertson Denniston, age 94, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2023. Neva was born Dec. 28, 1928 one month early to her Norwegian parents, Olaf and Nellie Robertson, in a Log House on a farm in Ferndale, WA. Preceding her birth were sister Sylvia and brother Norman. Following her were brother Orval and sister Beverly. Neva started first grade at age 5 at Enterprise School, then Custer Elementary and Junior High. Neva spent grades 10-12 at Ferndale High School. Her best friend all through school was Betty Jean Pomeroy. They rode the school bus together for 12 years. Betty became Valedictorian of their class and Neva was class Salutatorian. John Monroe, Ferndale High School music director, could hardly wait til Neva came to high school to sing in the musical productions, as she was very talented. Both Betty and Neva chose to become Registered Nurses. Neva chose to take her training at Everett General Hospital. She then worked at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle as a head nurse. Neva and Betty continued their Friendship for the rest of their lives. Neva married Sam Denniston of Seattle. They lived in Sacramento, CA and raised two sons, Jack and Jay. She delighted watching the development of her sons. She volunteered to be the elementary school librarian for years to be near her sons. Neva had many Creative interests such as baking, needlepoint, quilting, sewing her own clothes, and church work at a nearby Presbyterian Church. She was a perfectionist in all her projects. Neva suffered a lot of pain her last few years because of neuropathy in her spine. Eventually she was placed in hospice care to relieve her suffering. She appreciated so much the kindly care she received from the McGregor Home in Carmichael, CA. There will be no funeral service after her cremation. She wanted her ashes buried next to Norman Robertson at her big brothers site at Enterprise Cemetery in Ferndale, WA. Here’s a salute to a hard-working woman, and to all Registered Nurses devoted to the well-being of other humans.

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