Nellie Paulsen was born July 27, 1925 in Loomis, Washington to parents John Sherman Cook and Oma Jane Colbert. Nellie passed away in her home on June 16, 2017.
Nellie was a stamper for Wenoka Apple Warehouse and a manager of the kitchen at North Valley Hospital where she met Bill Gates. He asked her if she would like to invest in his new business and she declined. She also worked for the DNR as head cook for many years, traveling all over Washington State during fire season.
She was a member of the Tonasket Eagles for years. At a convention one year, mother met John F. Kennedy before he became President. Mother’s longevity is attributed to her never drinking soda pop or alcohol, smoking or eating hot dogs. She had great bones all her life.
Our mother helped many people throughout the years and gave away many things she had made to family, friends, and raffles. She was a campfire leader for many years. She made all her girls’ wedding cakes if they graduated from high school. Growing up in the 50s and 60s, she was one of the few mothers that worked away from the home. Mother and dad, Art Zachman, were married 42 years when he died. Mother later married Leonard Paulsen, who is still living in her home.
Overall mother had an interesting and full life. She last went huckleberry picking at 90-years-old. The last few months were harder after her strokes and colon cancer.
Nellie is survived by her husband, Leonard Paulsen; brothers Robert (Lorraine) Cook and Fred Cook; sister-in-law Darlene Cook of Loomis; children Karin (Marvin) Schertenleib, Robert A. (Janet) Zachman, Theodore J. Zachman; step-children Cheryl Gagne, Gary (Sharon) Paulsen, Patti (Kevin) Tolley; grandchildren Christina Szabo, A.J. Zachman, Michael Zachman, Anthony Zachman;step- grandchildren Darlene Overzet, Kristina Tolley, Kimberly Tolley; great grandchildren Brandon and Blaine Braunschweig, Genna and Kayla Zachman, Navarrah and Koda Zachman, Halley, Gracie, Laylie and Marlee Zachman; step-great grandchildren Jordan Tolley-Turner, Sarah Tolley-Mills, Hazel Park, Angel Park, Scarlet Overzet. Nellie is also survived by Nancy Brooks, who she worked with at North Valley Hospital and adopted as her second daughter
Preceded in death by Art Zachmen, her husband, Glenn, Roy and Clarence Cook, her brothers; Stephanie Braunschweig, her granddaughter; Isiah and Josiah Zachman, her twin great grandsons.
Our Mother loved her family and many were very special to her.
Graveside services will be Saturday July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Tonasket Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Tonasket Eagles.
Arrangements are by Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory.