Obituary: Lynne Alexa McRae

Lynne Alexa McRae
Lynne Alexa McRae
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September 28, 1944 – June 27, 2023

Beloved resident of Truckee, California, died at age of 78, after a brave battle with dementia. She was surrounded by her friends and family, as she embarked on her next adventure.

Born in Sacramento, Lynne’s spirit was shaped by her love for the outdoors, thanks to her adventurous parents, Douglas and Val McRae.

Growing up in Carmichael, CA, alongside her two sisters, Marsha Calegari and Jane Millholen, Lynne’s passion for the outdoors started with horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing, where she graced a cover of “The Sacramento Bee”. Skiing was one of Lynne’s favorite activities and she was part of the Edelweiss Red Hornets Ski Team.

After graduating from college, Lynne married Gary Krone in 1968, and together they settled in Truckee. Lynne’s heart remained firmly in the mountains, and she found joy working at various ski shops, including Alpenglow, High Side, Granite Chief, and Sugar Bowl.

Although life led her to part ways with Krone, Lynne found love once again, marrying Gary Pederson in 1987; their union was marked by adventures and they remained friends until his passing.

Lynne continued her mountaineering adventures and in the 1990’s, she graced peaks from California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming, She also completed International climbs in Patagonia, Canada, England, and Scotland.

Lynne loved engaging in conversations with her friends both at home and on the trail. She had a heartwarming way of connecting with others, always offering guidance and encouragement to young locals, helping them discover their own outdoor passions.

An avid skier, Lynne continued to ski until the age of 75, effortlessly outpacing her younger friends, leaving behind cherished memories of her remarkable spirit.

Her wildflower knowledge, love for animals and kind heart will forever be remembered by those who knew her.

A celebration of Lynne’s life will be held on August 27, 2023.

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