Lynn Preston Nylund
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Lynn Preston Nylund

April 5, 1938 - June 18, 2019

Lynn Preston Nylund slipped quietly away from family and friends on June 18, 2019 at Celia's House in Medford, OR. Lynn had come to accept the inevitability of her death from cancer, as had those closest to her, but still it was a shock when her time to leave arrived. Her absence has left a great void in many lives.

Lynn's life was full and rich. Trying to capture her essence in brief is a challenge, but an honor. These paragraphs will be the attempt of a good friend of twenty years to memorialize her.

Lynn was a sunny child of California, born April 1938, the granddaughter of two pioneers, one a 19th century sea captain, the other a Justice of the California Supreme Court. She was the eldest daughter of an attorney, John Preston and his wife Elizabeth, who raised her in Pasadena. As an active girl, she loved summers at the family cabin on Bass Lake, and was early attuned to outdoor activities and happy times with friends.

All who met Lynn admired her grace and her fresh, natural beauty. From her earliest years as a wide eyed and curly-haired cherub, she had a lovely photogenic quality. The camera loved her smile, her long-limbed and lithe form, and her graceful composure. Lynn attended U.C. Berkeley for two years and was a member of the company of the Pasadena Playhouse for two years. She then worked for a time as a fashion model, with photo features in several magazines.

A sorority sister, Barbara Nylund, introduced Lynn to her younger brother Paul Nylund. Theirs wasn't exactly a whirlwind courtship, but sparks flew, and after a few years of apparently stubborn separateness, the two decided that it was "meant to be"--that they should continue life's adventures together. They married in July, 1963 and happily raised a son, Erik, and a daughter, Victoria. The family lived in the Bay Area where Paul was a technical editor and owner of a window fashions company and she was a professional court reporter. When both retired in 1998, Lynn and Paul moved to Ashland, where they began a new phase of life, filled with outdoor activities, educational classes and the joys of grandparenting.

Lynn was not only outwardly attractive, she also had a beautiful soul, a calm and practical demeanor and a kind heart. She was serene, understated, quiet, and, at all times ladylike. Yet she could be feisty when riled about bad behaviors, inequity, cruelty to persons or animals—or when contemplating any number of issues currently troubling our world.

She was always demurely polite, but never boring. She was agreeable and open-minded yet she could be opinionated. She was lively, loved an evening with music, good company, good food, perhaps some dancing or a movie or musical play, or getting a bit zany in costume for a Halloween party (such as the yearly fundraiser by "FOTAS", the local animal shelter she supported.) Conversely, she also enjoyed nothing more than a quiet evening spent at home with family, when she could devour a well-written mystery novel. She was a voracious reader! She was also a huge fan of the NBA Golden State Warriors, and hated to miss watching their games on TV with her family.

Lynn had a head for words and language, enjoyed knowing a bit of French, and was a whiz at word games and crossword puzzles, also various board games. She liked an occasional hand of penny-ante Black Jack with friends when RV camping. Outside, she loved hiking, skiing and biking. In retirement, she and Paul went pop-up tent camping, and made yearly treks to the family cabin in Montana. They moved on to trailer camping, then to heading down the road on "Fifth-wheel" RV trips, with bicycles and "Chester", their yellow Lab aboard. Lynn was a brisk walker and often rose early to exercise their beloved dogs. She and Paul liked river and lake kayaking and perhaps best of all, they covered thousands of miles bicycling together and with friends. Travels to places near and far included Canada, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Italy.

One of the Nylund's great joys has been following the activities and successes of their family, in academics and sports, through high school, college and beyond.

Lynn is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Paul Nylund; their son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Jane Nylund and sons Christopher and Alex (California); their daughter and son-in-law Victoria and Brian Sheadel (Ashland), with their delightfully blended family of teen and adult children Hannah, Finn, Brandon and Anna. She leaves a beloved niece, Kristin Ashley, and two favored nephews, Brian and Todd Johnson. Lynn's parents and Lynn's younger sister, Jane, predeceased her. A private family memorial and interment of her ashes will be held in Oakland, CA in September.

The family suggests that anyone wishing to honor Lynn's memory might support "Friends of the Animal Shelter", 5595 So. Pacific Hwy, Phoenix, OR 97535, or Celia's House, 217 S. Modoc Ave., Medford, OR 97504, the wonderful hospice facility where she received gentle palliative care in her last weeks of life.

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Published in the Daily Tidings
on August 17, 2019
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