In Memoriam – Liv Alterhaug Ames (12/5/1947 – 9/3/2020)

Liv Ames campaigning


The Green Foothills community extends heartfelt condolences to former Board member, Larry Ames, and extended family and friends following the untimely passing of Larry’s beloved wife and all around wonderful person, Liv.

Born in Mo i Rana, Norway, just south of the Arctic Circle. Liv enjoyed a happy childhood with her two siblings sledding and skiing and hiking with family throughout Norway. She became a traveler in her teens, visiting England and France, eventually she traveled to Madison, Wisconsin in the mid-70’s for an exciting job with the Micro-Biology Dept. at University of Wisconsin. It was there she met the love of her life, Larry Ames, a passionate stargazer who couldn’t take his eyes off this Norwegian star, and soon after they got married in 1977.

They moved to San Jose in 1979 and started a family, raising three of their own. Liv, being a hardy Norwegian and nature lover, enthusiastically took to the trails of the Peninsula and South Bay with Larry and the children in tow. According to Larry she “was a naturalist, photographer and volunteer docent with Midpeninsula Open Space District from 2013-2019. Liv touched many lives with her generous spirit and loved helping all visitors, especially children, discover the wonders of nature.”

Liv was often found at Green Foothills gatherings with her camera in tow and an ever present warm smile. According to another former Board member, Nancy Reyering, “I am so saddened by Liv Ames’ passing. We knew Liv as a boots-on-the-ground advocate for open space, never hesitating to precinct walk, hike, or bike for Coyote Valley. When I joined the board in 2015, Larry was one of the board members I most admired for his advocacy regarding the Trestle Bridge in the Willows. And as I got to know his wife, Liv, I found her similarly committed to good causes. Liv was luminous and kind. Her warmth and intelligence will be sorely.”

“With her calm, joyous energy and knowing smile, Liv always struck me as an old soul,” says Executive Director Megan Fluke. “Though she’s no longer with us in body, I’m thankful to still feel her friendship and support in spirit. Liv is sorely missed.”

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