was born in San Francisco on December 23, 1948, the daughter of Astrid Rasmussen and the granddaughter of Mally Rasmussen. Her grandparents immigrated around the turn of the century from Norway to Mexico, where they owned a coffee plantation. After Astrid's grandfather died, Astrid's widowed grandmother and her two daughters, including Astrid's motheralso named Astrid and in her teens at the timebriefly became friends with the writer Graham Greene, who lived nearby in Yajalon. In his novel The Power And The Glory, Greene models the Fellows family on the Rasmussens, changing their nationality to American, and the character of teenaged Coral Fellows is based on Astrid's mother. Mally brought her children to the United States in the late 1930s, and the following decade Astrid Naomi was born to a single mother. Astrid never knew her father, and as an adult discovered that Mr. MacCreadie was a family friend who permitted his name to be used on the birth certificate. With no biological connection to the MacCreadie name, Astrid occasionally used the same name as her mother, Astrid Rasmussen, and was proud of her Norwegian heritage.
of San Francisco, where her mother felt at home amidst the Spanish speaking community. She lived most of her life in this neighborhood, within a few blocks of her childhood home near 19th Street and Lexington. Astrid graduated from Galileo High School, then attended San Francisco State University, where she excelled at creative writing and photography.
, Astrid's writing and artwork intersected with her love of rock and roll, and as a teenager Astrid talked her way into a job as a staff photographer at an Oakland radio station, which gave her the chance to photograph and meet many of her idols, including the Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Byrds, the Animals and many others. Astrid became part of the circle of friends surrounding the legendary San Francisco theater troupe The Cockettes, and her creativity and love for music combined in a satirical series of photo collages of St. Elvis Presley, the patron saint of vacated buildings, which she designed to decorate her collection of homemade votive candles.
when she became a single mother at age 19. To support herself and her son David, who was born diabetic, Astrid took many interesting jobspostal clerk during the Vietnam War, truck driver for Aero Messenger Service for several years, flower arranger for an events planner, oil rig worker in Utah for a couple of years, and office support worker for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during her last decade. Her willingness to accept a wide range of jobs permitted her to keep her son in private schools where he could have close medical supervision, and later to help send him through college.
Her single mother became an alcoholic, which led to Astrid as a teenager becoming a ward of the court and then a foster child. Astrid's life paralleled her mother's as she herself became a single mother, and then subsequently lost her own son to a foster home, although she was able to successfully fight the courts and obtain custody of her son again.
a stable traditional family life, Astrid lovingly accepted the family that life did give hera son and numerous friends from all walks of life. She remained upbeat and witty in the company of her friends, and in her last years seldom let her declining health get the upper hand. After a long battle with cancer, she died in October 2003, at age 54, in Longmont, Colorado, where she was visiting friends.