Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2000

Elisabeth McLaren Nye

Juneau resident Elisabeth ``Lis'' McLaren Nye, 50, died of exposure April 3 in Juneau.

She was born April 3, 1950, in Pocatello, Idaho. She studied French in Geneva, Switzerland. After being awarded an academic scholarship, she attended Colorado Women's College. She received her teaching certificate from Long Beach State College in California.

She first visited Juneau in 1968 as the maid of honor in her sister's wedding. After graduating from college, she moved to Juneau in 1975 and worked at Alaska Fish and Wildlife, the Alaska State Museum and Alaska Airlines. She married her high school sweetheart in 1979 and gave birth to their son in 1982. While living in Seattle, she worked for Boeing, owned and operated her own business and later worked in a Montessori school. In 1989, she moved to Long Beach, Calif. In 1990, she moved to Fairbanks, where she assisted in the birth and care of her newborn and grade school nieces. In 1991, she returned to Long Beach until her father's death in 1994. In 1995 she and her mother moved to Juneau to join her sister Marcia and family.

Her devotion to her son and ongoing love for family focused her, her family said. Skiing, camping at the ocean and in the rainforest were her loves - in addition to music, Juneau's mountains and family. She will be most remembered for her incredible character, her quick wit, her sharp memory, and her sweet and gentle spirit, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Roy Nye.

She is survived by her son, Jan Marcus Noorda, 17, and his father, Jan R. Noorda, both of Seattle; her mother, Nora Marcia Nye; her brother, W. Marcus W. Nye (and his wife, Eva) of Pocatello, Idaho; her sister, Marcia Nye (and her husband, Mark Badger); nephew, D. Justin McLaren Freer (and his wife, Stephanie) of Silver Springs, Md.; nieces Ashley, Birch and Claire Badger of Juneau.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, followed by a gathering in the adjoining building, McPhetres Hall. A memorial college trust fund has been established in her name for her son at the Alaska State Employees Credit Union.

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