Lois Arlene Nelson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 10, 1932
Date of Death:
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Age:
86 years old

Visitation

Date: Saturday December 01, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday December 01, 2018
Time: 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 10, 1932
Date of Death:
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Age:
86 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 10, 1932
Date of Death:
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Age:
86 years old

Lois Arlene Nelson

Lois Arlene Nelson, 86, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Shorewood Commons in Rochester.

Lois Thompson was born in Lanesboro, MN on April 10, 1932 to Lars and Alvera (Bothun) Thompson. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1950. On December 1, 1951, she was united in marriage to H.O. (Ordell) Nelson in Lanesboro, MN. The lived in St. Paul where she worked in the office of Fairway Foods until they moved to Rochester then was employed by the City of Rochester and MEA. She was a life time member to Lanesboro American Legion Aux and the Rochester Elks. She also enjoyed being with family and friend, spending time at their summer cabin at Grebbin Valley, south of Lanesboro, and Branson, MO.

She is survived by her sister, Gloria (Norris) Nelson of Rochester; and brother, L Gene (Jeanne) Thompson of Camarillo, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ordell Nelson; parents; sisters, Irene Strom, Dianna Horsley; brothers, Carl Thompson, Richard Thompson; and a brother, and sister in infancy.

The family prefers memorials to the Alzheimer Association at https://www.alz.org/.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Kipp officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Laurie and staff at the Shorewood Reflections for the loving care they gave Lois. Also, thanks to Dr. Bowen at the Mayo Clinic.

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My deepest sympathies to your family. 


One of my fondest memories of Lois was when we were all meeting for brunch after a girls weekend. I was coming in and she was apparently behind me. All of sudden I felt two arms wrap around my waist, and a huge hug from what seem a tiny lady. She spun me around so fast, starring me right in the face, she said, I was hoping it was you, but if I was wrong your smile made me sure you wouldn't hit me. We laughed and she hugged me again.


Whether she seen you once a year or daily, you knew she loved you. Her eyes told you so. She had an amazing soul. She will be missed.


Barb Mattison (Ilene's daughter)

Lois was one of my favorite people and a good friend. She was sort of a second mother in a way. I worked with  Lois in the Minnesota Education Association


from the early/mid 70s until I moved away in 1986. There were five of us: Elaine Pierce, Larry Wicks, Enoch Pinky Bennett and me. Lois was an integral  member


of those who worked with Teachers, helping them to build a strong Union a well as advocating for new and creative ways to support educators and education.


Lois was a tell it like it is kind of woman. I will work to learn from her concepts of what's right. May your Soul soar! 


 

We are so sorry for your loss. It is sad that she wasn't able to spend her last years enjoying life and knowing life as she once did. I will remember the fun times when we were able to visit each other, and all the laughs and memories we cousins all shared. With sympathy, much love and many hugs, Betty K and Fred