Obituary: Sharilyn Silver Nelson
Ryan Summerlin September 12, 2013
Sharilyn Silver Nelson of Truckee died Aug. 31. She was 73.
Sharilyn was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Salt Lake City. This is where she spent the bulk of her childhood.
She learned to ski at age 6 and was still on the slopes into her 70s. Skiing became a family activity for the Nelsons when they lived in the Bay Area, and it continued when Sharilyn and husband Chris moved to Truckee in 1995. Eventually their grandchildren became their skiing partners.
The home Sharilyn and Chris built was featured one year on the Truckee-Tahoe Home Tour.
She earned a bachelor’s in education in 1961 from the University of Utah and graduated from South High School in 1957. She started a number of clubs in Tahoe Donner. At Sugar Bowl Ski Area she volunteered as a mountain host. She was also involved with fundraising and scholarship awards with the American Association of University Women and the Chi Omega Sorority at University of Utah.
In 2012, Sharilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Chris. They had been married for nearly 50 years.
Survivors include son Matt Nelson of Truckee, daughters Courtney Nelson Murrell (Mark) of Truckee and Kimberly Nelson Eilian (Kevin) of New York City, grandchildren Gavin and Megan Murrell and Jerome Eilian, and sister Michelle Silver Whitmore of Park City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Truckee-Donner branch of the American Association of University Women, P.O. Box 1326, Truckee, CA 96160. Please make check payable to AAUW CA Special Projects Fund or (AAUW CA SPF), with Tech Trek — Truckee Donner branch or (TT-TD branch) on the memo line. Tech Trek was Sharilyn’s signature endeavor—math and science camps/education for girls.
An open house will be at the family home in Truckee on Sept. 22 from noon-4pm.