Margaret Eva Ellen Nilsen

Margaret NilsenMargaret Eva Ellen Nilsen peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior November 6, 2016 at age 80.  Margaret is survived by her husband of 60 years, Roy, her daughter Barbara (Rich), her son Alan (Michelle), and her daughter Linda (Mike).  Margaret is also survived by her six grandchildren: Kyle, Kraig, Danielle, Annika, Curtis, and Connor and four great-grandchildren: Jayelle, Jocie, Jude, and Juliet.  She is further survived by many nieces and nephews and her sister Ingrid Hornung.  She was preceded in death by her parents Rolf and Ellen Larsson, sister Inga Youngren, and brother Ingemar “Swede” Larsson.Margaret Nilsen


Margaret was born on Christmas Eve 1935 in Orebro, Sweden in a farming community.  At age 12 she immigrated to the United States with her family, first to Minneapolis, MN and then to Seattle, WA where they resided in the Queen Anne neighborhood.  She graduated from Queen Anne High School and attended the University of Washington to study nursing, but later decided to get married and devote her time to raising a family.  Margaret was a fantastic cook, seamstress, and enjoyed gardening and hosting gatherings for family and friends.  She also took classes in cake decorating and made many elaborate cakes
Margaret Nilsenfor family celebrations.  While raising her kids, she also worked part-time as a bookkeeper.   She was a devoted wife, mother, and a friend to many.  She accepted Christ in her life at a young age and faithfully served the Lord throughout her teen and adult years.  She volunteered her time at her church as a Sunday school teacher and in other ministries. Over 40 years after immigrating to the U.S., she traveled back to Sweden with her husband to visit her birthplace and relatives, many of whom she had kept in correspondence with over the years. Margaret Nilsen


Her passing came rather suddenly following a diagnosis of cancer, but she was able to spend her remaining time on earth as she wished, surrounded and supported by her family.  A memorial service for Margaret celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 4pm at Cedar Park Northshore Church, 18737 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA.

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2 Responses to “Margaret Eva Ellen Nilsen”

  • Kay Larsson says:

    My heart goes out to Roy, Barbara, Alan and Linda and their families. Margaret was a very beautiful lady — inside and out — and a wonderful sister-in-law. I will miss her.

  • Jeanne Benson says:

    I remember Swedish pancakes after sleepovers with my friend Linda. Your mom was a lovely, gracious woman. Sympathy…

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