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Thyra Ann (Ericksen) Wright Pavlian

April 12, 1934 — January 8, 2023

Albert Lea

Annie died Sunday, January 8, 2023, peacefully after several years of health struggles.

 

Thrya Ann “Annie” Ericksen was born on April 12, 1934, to Nels and Ebba (Hansen) Ericksen in Albert Lea,

MN. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Annie’s family lived on

Moraine Point, of the now, Helmer Myre Park, until they moved to the family farm east of Glenville. Annie

graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1953. She then worked for a short time at the law office of William

Sturtz. Annie decided to take off on an adventure to California. There, she worked in a law office and met her

husband Arthur Fleming Wright. They made their home in the Kensington division of San Diego. While

married to Arthur she learned to golf and became a member of the San Diego Country Club, she became an

excellent golfer, winning numerous tournaments including the Southern California Amateur twice, The

Hawaiian Amateur Open and the Dominican Open along with numerous Club tournaments thru the years. She

and her sister Audrey enjoyed golfing together. Through the years they played together in numerous

tournaments and Annie caddied for Audrey in Germany at military tournaments, at Ramstein and Berlin, which

Audrey won.

 

After Arthur died, Annie met and married Peter Pavlian. The two of them resided in Annie’s home on Palisades

Road. Peter and Annie both enjoyed years of golfing at SDCC. After Peter’s death, Annie continued to reside

in her home and golfed regularly with her friends. Annie had 17 hole in ones in her golf career, eagled every

hole at the San Diego Country Club – except #13. She loved to have family and friends come to visit and stay

in her home. It was a warm and welcoming place for all who came.

 

Annie got her great nephew Devin started in golf at a very young age and shared her love of golf with him and

his brother Kellen; as well as passing on her love of cooking and creativity to her great niece Taryn. She

enjoyed gardening, sewing and crafts and was a wonderful cook; but the love of her life was golf. Once her

battle with Parkinson’s became too much, she returned to Albert Lea to be closer to family and care.

Her family is grateful to Nicole Sevcik, Judy Duquette, Ann Thom and all of the amazing staff at the

Woodlands for her wonderful care – also the kind and caring staff at St. Croix Hospice.

 

Survivors include her sisters, Esther Nelson of Glenville and Audrey (Marvyn) Olson of Edmond, OK; sister-in-

law, Carol Ericksen of Folsom, LA; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and

nephews; her many golf friends and neighbors in San Diego; and also a cousin, Henning Poulsen and family in

Denmark.

 

Annie was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Fleming Wright and Peter Pavlian; parents, Nels and

Ebba Ericksen; sister, Marian (Albert) Hanson; brothers, Virgil Ericksen and Robert (Ramona) Ericksen;

brother-in-law, Richard Nelson; and nephew, Chester “Butch” Nelson; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Per Annie’s wishes there will be no services. Her only request was that you enjoy every day you have and

spend as much time out on a course as you are able.

 

Blessed be her memory.

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