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Independent Journal
Monday, January 28, 1980
Page 4

Mabelle Nelson

Mabelle Davis Nelson, who wrote the legend of “Mount Tamalpais’ Sleeping Maid, Tamalpa” many years ago, died Saturday.

A private family service was held Sunday for the 90-year-old Mill Valley resident.

She was born in what is now San Pablo, Contra Costa county, on a ranch her grandparents founded before the Gold Rush. She was reared and educated in San Francisco, worked as private secretary to the president of Pacific Fruit Express, and married the late George H. Nelson, who was chief pharmacist for the City and County of San Francisco.

Mrs. Nelson’s romantic legend of the “sleeping maiden” whose profile can be seen as the crest of Mount Tamalpais was widely published, and became the basis of one of the traditional Mountain Play dramas.

Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Nelson worked during World War II in Washington, D.C., then returned to the Bay Area and became a real estate broker. She was a member of Novo Club of San Francisco for more than 50 years and served as its president in the late 1930s. She was active in many social and civic affairs and was a world traveler, building a wide circle of friends, her family said.

She is survived by her daughter, Marianne Nelson Shone of Nicasio; a sister, Myrtle Crawford of San Francisco; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The family prefers memorial gifts be sent to any favorite charity.
The California Death Index adds information: she was born September 17, 1899; her mother’s maiden name was Griff; father’s surname was Davis.

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