Mary Margaret Canaday Nash

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2001

Mary Margaret Canaday Nash died Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Washington. She was 80.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Edmonds Methodist Church near Seattle.

Mrs. Nash was born Sept. 2, 1920, in Casey, Ill., the eldest child of LeRoy and Merle Howe Canaday. In 1922, the family moved west in a Model T Ford, settling in Casper, Wyo., where she graduated from high school in 1938.

She met her future husband, Donaldson Arthur Nash, at a Methodist Youth Fellowship meeting at the University of Wyoming on Valentine's Day weekend in 1939, kindling a love that would span more than 60 years. They were married at the end of the spring semester of 1940 and spent the rest of their lives together.

About 20 years ago, they left Wyoming and retired in Edmonds, Wash.

They enjoyed church activities, traveling and visiting their grandchildren in Washington and Alaska.

The family said Mrs. Nash had a full and exciting life. She caught wild horses in Wyoming with her cousins in the early 1930s, and became a commercial artist, published author, radio personality, church secretary, carpenter's helper, fly fisher and a mom. She was painting at her retirement home in Lynnwood, Wash., at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Jake.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Phil and Peggy of Nikiski, and Wade and Kathi of Edmonds; and by grandchildren Weston and Sandi of Anchorage, and Jennifer of Edmonds and London, England.

Arrangements were made by Beck's Funeral Home in Edmonds. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the church.

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