NELSON, Tarry Lee (Wall) – Santa Barbara News-Press


Tarry Lee Nelson (Wall), 99, was called home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2022. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary at the Atterdag village of Solvang in 2017 just before his death. Tarry, also affectionately known as Tee, TeeY, Lady and Gamo is survived by her two sons: Tarry; Brian (Marcia); Grand pianos: Daniel (Kelly); Jeremy (Heather); Jennifer (Chris); Michael; Great-great-greats: Riley; Noah; Jonathan; Karine.
She was born on a farm in Carpinteria with her twin Annie and put shoeboxes next to the fire for warmth. She moved to a house built for their family in the brand new Manning Park in Montecito, where her father served as the first park superintendent at Manning Park, which was only torn down in recent years. Before it was torn down, she and her soulmate and 75-year-old husband showed the family the love notes carved into a drawer inside her bedroom. She attended Santa Barbara High School and shortly after graduation she married the love of her life, Richard Nelson, both 19 years old. He had enlisted in the US Army. She caravanned with other women behind their husbands across the United States for a year. Then he was deployed to Europe during World War II. They maintained daily letters to each other while he was abroad. The family has all the letters cataloged in notebooks which are a treasure trove of World War II history.
Back home, they started a family and had two sons, Tarry and Brian. She was a loyal member of the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority throughout her young adult life. She worked in the clothing industry and eventually ran the business side of her husband Richard Bliss Nelson Architect AIA’s business.
While Dick and Tarry’s greatest shared passion was time with their extended family, their hobbies included ocean cruising and piloting “Yellow Bird”, a Piper 235. They used their aircraft for pleasure and work and were active in the Channel City Airmen’s Club, and AOPA. She was an enthusiastic member of the Ninety-Nines, a Women’s Pilot Club.
Tarry was known throughout the family for her handmade personalized red velvet Christmas stockings that she created for each member of the family. Names were changed for new family members upon the death of an elder, and the tree was preserved on the history of each bas inheritance. She hand beaded each intricate decoration bead by bead. We each cherish their handcrafted stockings.
She kept scrapbooks for each year of their life and each adventurous trip or cruise, and we have each scrapbook with all the documented history for the whole future family. They lived in Santa Barbara and Palm Desert and spent their final years at Atterdag Village in Solvang.
She will be buried next to her soul mate and husband Richard and will be reunited with her twin Annie Wheeler and all others who preceded her in death.
Known for her beautiful smile, stylish fashion and sense of humor, she will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Special thanks go to the staff at Atterdag Village in Solvang for their many years of incredible love and excellent care for our beloved mum. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Women’s Flying Club, The Ninety-Nines (a 501c3 organization) in her (Tarry Lee Nelson) name would be a nice tribute. You can reach the family via [email protected]


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