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Frid Nutley

July 2, 1935 March 30, 2017
Frid Nutley
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Frid Eileen Tjorstad was born in Tacoma, Washington on July 2, 1935 to Robert and Frid Adelaide Tjorstad. Her only sister, Eleanor, was born 4½ years later. Frid’s parents had emigrated from Norway, and met and married in this country.

When Frid was a girl, her favorite author was George MacDonald. She particularly loved The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie. The princess finding her great-great-grandmother at the top of the stairs, and realizing that her grandmother had always been there, knowing her and watching over her, provided a powerful image for Frid of God’s loving care. Frid put her faith in Christ as a young girl, making a confession of faith at a Christian camp. Later she also went through Confirmation at Central Lutheran Church (her family’s church) in Tacoma.

Frid married Hugh Nutley on June 11, 1955 at First Lutheran Church in Tacoma. They lived in Seattle during the first years of their marriage, while Hugh was completing his PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Washington. After completing his PhD, Hugh fulfilled his ROTC commitment by entering the Army and moving the family to Fort Meade, Maryland. In 1962 they returned to Tacoma and later lived in Seattle, where Hugh taught at Seattle Pacific University. They had six children.

Frid completed her college degree in English at SPU in 1972 and an M.A. in English at the UW in 1974. Frid went on to teach classes part-time at SPU and at Puget Sound College of the Bible and later worked at SPU as the editor of SPU’s Response magazine from 1977 to 1979. In 1979, Frid resigned as editor of the Response to write a book about a refugee from Yugoslavia during WWII, Christine Gegner, a woman who had become a friend of hers. Frid completed the book, Once a Refugee, in 1982.

Frid and her husband, Hugh, had a deep heart for people from other cultures. In the 1970s they sponsored a family fleeing from Vietnam, in 1983 they sponsored a family from Poland who were escaping the Polish government’s persecution of the Solidarity Union, and they were active in the 1990s with ministry to international students. They offered free English lessons to these students, followed by a Bible study if they wished.

Hugh died in 2003. Frid continued to be involved with her children and grandchildren and active in her church. After many years of physical and mental decline, on March 30, at 4:10 p.m., Frid went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Memorials to: Discovery Institute,


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