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Nancy Joan Mcpherson

October 24, 1946 — April 6, 2021

Family and friends are mourning the death of Nancy Joan McPherson, 74, of Suquamish, WA from injuries she suffered after she and her husband were hit by a vehicle on April 6th. Many thanks to the people of the community who have assisted Donald as he recovers from his injuries and expressed concern and kindness to the family.

Nancy was born on November 24, 1946, to Elizabeth and William Lund in Ketchikan, Alaska. Her family relocated from Alaska to Oregon, where she graduated from Grants Pass High School and went on to attend Southern Oregon State College. She and her husband, Donald, met and married in Ashland, Oregon, living there for over 35 years; raising their family, and serving as volunteer ministers for the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. After Don retired they had the privilege of helping English language congregations in Puebla and Xalapa Mexico for two and a half years.

They moved to Suquamish, WA in 2010, where she became an active member of the Suquamish Tribe and has enjoyed learning her culture and building friendships. Recently, she and her husband were learning to speak the tribal language, Lushootseed, in an effort to understand her culture.

Nancy had a deep faith in and relationship with her creator and loved speaking of and sharing this faith with others. Well known for her love of nature; gardening, birding, and hiking were some of her favorite pastimes. She expressed this love through her artistic pursuits which included watercolor painting, writing poetry, and photography. Her recent gallery exhibits at the Suquamish Museum and in Ashland, Oregon “Reflections on the Clear Salt Water“, highlighted her love for the coastal waters of Suquamish.

She had a love of literature and movies, was an avid Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit player, and loved to solve New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles. Nancy touched many lives and will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, sense of humor, and sparkling laughter.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and William Lund. She is survived by her husband, Donald, her two siblings Janet and William, her children, Nissa, Eden, and David, and her two grandchildren. A Zoom Memorial Service is being planned to which her family, friends, and community are invited. For more information, please email

The Tribe will be having a virtual memorial in honor of Nancy McPherson on the Cook Family Facebook Page (Cookffh). Details to follow when the date is set.

For more information, please email

Arrangments entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA

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