Nellie E. Robertson was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. Her grandfather was the very first veterinarian in Olympia. From an early age she was as avid reader and dreamed of being a writer. After raising her children she moved to Monroe, Washington where she realized her dream of being a journalist by working for the Monroe Monitor. She received many journalism awards for her many health related articles and the local hospital gave her an honorary doctorate of medicine because of those articles. She also wrote the first history book of Monroe. She spent time in Alaska working for local newspapers and even became the first female mayor of Dillingham, Alaska.
After retirement she moved back to her beloved Olympia and wrote and published her first novel, Catherine’s Courage at the age of 70. Her love of historical research led to 6 additional novels all based on historical fact. Her last novel Connie remains unfinished. Nellie passed away at the age of 86 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Because of the generous donations made by family and friends, Nellie’s legacy will continue through a Veterinary Science scholarship at South Puget Sound Community College.