SEATTLE - Helen Davidson Nelson, 91, of Long Beach, passed away May 19, 2006, in Seattle. The daughter of Andrew and Joan Davidson, she was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Following high school, she moved to Seattle along with her mother and sister Chris. Shortly after arriving, she went to work at the College Club, a private Seattle social club, where she became a coat check girl. With her vivacious personality, she quickly made friends. Later, she went to work at Rosselini's 410 Restaurant, owned by Victor Rosselini, rapidly becoming everybody's favorite coat check girl. She worked as a hostess there as well.

After working for many years for Rosselini's, she met her future husband, Gavin Nelson. They were married Feb. 19, 1955. During her marriage, she was a homemaker, and had great enthusiasm for gourmet cooking and entertaining their many friends and family. The couple took their annual summer vacations to Long Beach for many, many years. In 1970, they decided to make Long Beach their home. They owned the Woodland Court Motel, which they took great pride in running for several years. Later, Mrs. Nelson devoted a great deal of time helping her husband run Mr. Gavin's Beauty Salon, which later became the Wild Hair Salon.

Mrs. Nelson took an active interest in her nephews, and will be remembered by her many friends and family as a lady who had a genuine concern for their lives, a wonderful sense of humor, and loved and lived life to the fullest.

Survivors include her three nephews Stephen, Carey, and John Roos. Family memorial services will be held at a later date to be determined. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Acacia Funeral Directors, Seattle.

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