Nordstrom Edson, 84, a native of Chesterton, Ind., died February 25, 2019 in
Richland Hills, Texas.
Bette was born on
June 9, 1934, the only child of Marian Delight Nordstrom (nŽe Lindquist) and
Carl Gustav Nordstrom. Her father, the town clerk, died soon after Bette’s
first birthday; her mother completed his term and was later re-elected.
Marian remarried in 1939 to Leonard A. Edman.
Bette was raised in
the house that her grandfather, John R. Nordstrom, a carpenter by trade, had
built for her parents. John adored her and referred to her as his
“sunshine.” A dedicated member of the Girl Scouts, Bette spent her summers
walking on the “singing sands” of Indiana Dunes State Park, swimming in Lake
Michigan and earning twenty-five cent tips waiting tables in the park
from Chesterton High School and earned a degree in mathematics from Miami
University in Oxford, Ohio in 1956. Working as an engineering assistant for
General Electric in Cincinnati, she met Merritt Lewis Edson. They married on
June 1, 1957 and settled in Pittsfield, Mass., where sons Scott and Todd
were born. Their son John was born in Philadelphia. The family eventually
settled in Arlington, Texas where Merritt established a business brokerage
and Bette worked in real estate.
Bette was a member
of First United Methodist Church in Arlington and volunteered tutoring
children in math and science. She also served as a docent at Bass
Performance Hall and frequented the Kimbell Art Museum and Fort Worth
Symphony. Her brownies were a staple backstage during performances by the
Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, where son Todd was the principal dancer for many
Bette was preceded
in death by her husband, parents, stepfather and sister-in-law, Martha J.
She is survived by
sons Scott Merritt Edson (Anita Kelso), Todd Nordstrom Edson and John
Christopher Edson (Megan Brennan).
Bette was laid to
rest next to her husband at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington on Tuesday,
Bette’s family is
deeply grateful to the staff at Brookdale Richland Hills for their expert
care and loving support.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave.,
Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or charity of choice.