Nellie A. Nelson, age 87 of Cherokee, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Kathy Wicks officiated. Visitation was at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
She was united in marriage to Garland Nelson on Dec. 14, 1945. The couple farmed in the Minnesota as well as Larrabee, Fulda, and Quimby, Iowa areas. Nellie worked as a nurse's assistant at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital for 33 years.
She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She enjoyed crafts and needlework and collecting recipes, especially salad recipes. She thoroughly enjoyed socializing and time spent with her family. She had been a recent resident at The Gardens in Cherokee, and prior to that Countryside Assisted Living, also in Cherokee.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Marilyn Kelly and a brother Maynard Ross.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Sam (Ramona) Nelson of Freeborn, Minn., Jim (Nancy) Nelson of Cherokee, Nancy (Duane) Medick of Elkhart; 11 grandchildren, Bill (Jill) Nelson, Mindy (Dave) Heine, Joe Nelson, Misty (John) Zacharias, Lisa (Mark) Schroeder, Emelee (Jason) Timmerman, Ed (Nancy) Nelson, Audrey (Dan) Pitts, and Kimberly, Katie and Adam Medick; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Donald Nelson of Littleton, Colo., sister-in-law, Marcella Nelson of Cherokee, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert D. and Mary Nelson of Cherokee; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.