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Nancy Lynn Laws

| July 14, 2020 1:00 AM

Nancy Lynn Laws died on July 6, 2020, in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Nancy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in late 1941, just before the start of the World War II. Her parents relocated to Seattle, Washington, where her father worked for Boeing as a company physician during the war. She grew up north of downtown Seattle on Queen Anne Hill, graduating from high school there.

During college Nancy joined the Peace Corps and spent her assignment in Columbia, where she developed her interest in floriculture. She returned to finish her undergraduate degree in international relations and MBA in international marketing at Stanford University. She lived in Miami, Florida, for many years where she started her own company importing flowers from South America to the United States. Moving to France, she shifted her business to Europe where she did wholesale marketing of roses from growers in India and Kenya. She also did floriculture consulting for the European Union, the World Bank and USAID in countries like Jordan, Cyprus, Brazil, Syria, and Armenia. She enjoyed traveling the world, meeting new people, and connecting small family businesses with buyers across the globe. She was an excellent cook and regularly hosted dinner parties for friends and family. Her outdoor interests included skiing, windsurfing, hiking and scuba diving.

She was married once but never had children. Sharing her time between France and the United States, she established her U.S. base in Sandpoint to be nearer family. She was predeceased by her parents, Marilou Klophel Laws and Dr. E. Harold Laws; as well as her sister, Linda A Dunn. She is survived by her nephew, Scott Dunn and wife Wendy Dunn of Sandpoint; their children, Keegan, Casey, Garrett and Hailey; as well as her cousins, Jeff Zeigler and wife Evi Zeigler of Sagle, and Janet Scott of Petaluma, California.

There will be a small graveside celebration on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. in Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Family and friends are invited to sign Nancy’s online guest book at

Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.