Eva was born April 29, 1918 at Larrabee to Edward & Elmirah (Smith) St. John. She grew up and graduated from Larrabee High School in 1936, and was married to Albin Nelson on April 22, 1940 at LeMars. The couple lived in Larrabee until 1945, in Meriden from 1945 until 1951, in Washta from 1951 until 1960, and in Quimby from 1960 until 2009. Eva worked for Swanson's Grocery in Larrabee, ran a Raleigh Route, worked at the Hartley Creamery in Cherokee, Brown's Grocery Store Meat Department in Quimby and in the lunchroom for the Washta and Quimby Community Schools . The couple farmed for many years, moving to Quimby in 1963. Eva and her husband also mowed several cemeteries and had an upholstery business. She was a member of the Quimby United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Red Hats Society and Slim Jennys, served on the Quimby Town Council, and booked and cleaned the Quimby Community Center. She also enjoyed coffee every morning with the coffee group, as well as fishing, knitting, woodworking and going to auctions.
Eva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Albin on November 3, 1999; a great grandson ,Skyler Todd; three brothers Prentiss, Ronald and Dwight St. John , and one sister Opal St. John
She is survived by two sons and one daughter: Dennis Nelson and his wife Cindy of Spirit Lake; Larry Nelson and his wife Marilyn of Quimby, and Patty Nelson of Quimby; 8 grandchildren and their spouses: Bret (Jannelle) Nelson, Jill (Ted) Whitson, RaeAnn Nelson and her special friend Justin, Larry D. Nelson, Bradley (Dedra) Nelson, Dawn M. Nelson, Deb Massey and special friend Erin Sapp, and Karen (Roger) Askvig Jr., 14 great-grandchildren: Sam Nelson, Brady Todd, Tayler Todd, Caitlyn Todd, Mychael Nelson, Kristopher Nelson, Dakota Nelson, Stetson Nelson, Hunter Nelson, A. J. Cates, Felica Cates, Kristin Cates, Roger Askvig III, and Krystal Askvig; and nieces, nephews and many friends.