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Obituary for Lila V. Nelson
Lila Nelson went to join her husband in Heaven on his birthday, January 13, 2012. Our dear Mom, Gramma and Great-gramma was 94 years, 18 days old.
She was born December 26, 1917, in Minneapolis, MN, and grew up near Sarona and Bone Lake, WI. Lila and Marvin were married in 1938, lived mainly near Milltown, Centuria and Balsam Lake, and raised six children.
She is preceded in death by granddaughters, Joylynn Palmer and Tiffany Nelson; son, John Nelson; husband, Marvin Nelson; daughter-in-law, Jill Nelson; and brother, Clarence Neely.
She is survived by Donna (Nelson) (Leo) Holm of Balsam Lake, Janice (Jim) Oeffler of Frederic, Gary (Theresa) Nelson of St. Croix Falls, Gloria (Richard) Palmer of Lake Oswego, OR, Renaye (Lawrence) Johnston of Skiatook, Ok and Sandy Hunter (Dan) Schmidt of Woodbury, MN; and sister, Edith Neely Nelson Davidson of Cody, WY. She has 25 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Family was everything to Lila, and she lived her life loving Jesus. She gave people rides to church, prayed for and supported missionaries and shared garden produce with many. She also served as a deaconess at her church. She excelled in ingenuity and creativity. Farming, gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, upholstering and many crafts were done to perfection. As co-owner of Nelson Greenhouse, her floral arranging was her passion, which blessed many.
Lila resided at United Pioneer Home in Luck, WI since January of 2001. Her kindness to others continued to be expressed by folding laundry, arranging flowers, helping other residents get around in their wheelchairs and reading the Bible to others.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 17, at East Balsam Baptist Church with burial at New Home Cemetery in Eureka.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, WI was entrusted with funeral arrangements.