Former Montesano resident, Nadine Sargent, 91, passed away on July 14, 2013, in Port Orchard, Washington. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on May 17, 1922. When she was 6 months old she was adopted by Harry C. and Mary Verne (Murphy) Bird. They lived in Hoquiam, Washington. When she was 9 years old the family moved to Montesano, Washington. She graduated from Montesano High School in 1940.
She married Ed Reid a month before Pearl Harbor in Key West, Fla. When Ed got his orders to fly to San Diego, Calif., she spent a week learning to drive. She then drove to California. They had a daughter, Susan, and later divorced.
In 1949 she married Glenn Sargent in Satsop, Washington. He had a son, Larry and together they had two sons, Phil and Seth. The family moved from Montesano to Ocean Shores, then to Bremerton, before returning to Montesano in 1988. She moved to Port Orchard in 2006.
Nadine was a former Girl Scout and 4H leader. She was active in the VFW Auxiliary for more than 50 years, holding many local, district and state offices. She served on the Montesano Community Education Board and was a member of the Montesano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She delivered Meals on Wheels and taught 55 Alive classes. Her true passion was gardening. She spent many years as a WSU Master Gardener, teaching many classes and holding numerous offices.
Nadine was a past Montesano Citizen of the Year recipient. She was grand marshal of the Festival of Lights parade. She also received the Margaret Downey award from the Friends of the Montesano Library. In 2008, the Grays Harbor County Fair was dedicated to her for her 58 years of service.
Nadine is survived by sons, Larry of Auburn, Phil (Deb Galle) of Puyallup and Seth (Lucy) Of Pt. Orchard; daughter, Susan (Russell) Duvall of Montesano; a granddaughter that she raised, Tonya (Frank) Shaw of Port Orchard; seven other grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Nadine was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, in 2006.
Nadine loved to bake cookies, especially at Christmas. Family, friends and neighbors reaped the benefits.
At her request there will be no service, but please make donation in her memory to Grays Harbor/Pacific County Master Gardener Foundation. Donations can be sent to the WSU Grays Harbor County Extension Office at PO Box 3018, Elma, WA 98541.
Nadine’s family would like to thank Ridgemont Terrace in Port Orchard for allowing Nadine to garden as long as she was able and taking care of her when she no longer could.