Alice D. Nelson, 79

Published 10:24 am Monday, February 20, 2012

Funeral Services for Alice D. Nelson, of Ellendale, will be held at 1 p.m Tuesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Ellendale. The Rev. Diane Butler will officiate. Interment will be in the Berlin Township Cemetery, rural Ellendale. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Ellendale, and one hour before the service.


Alice died surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna. She was 79 years old.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1933, in Cuervo, N.M., the daughter of John and Delta (Foster) Ashley. Alice was raised in California and in 1949 she made Ellendale her home. On Sept. 19, 1952, Alice married Edward James Nelson. They lived in Ellendale and her family was her main focus. She was a good cook, an expert seamstress, making almost all the family clothing, and enjoyed needlepoint. Alice made and sold crafts at several area shows for many years.

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She is survived by three sons: Edward J. Nelson Jr., Wesley D. (Lori) Nelson, both of Ellendale, and William C. Nelson of White Bear Lake; grandson, Tyler Nelson, of Ellendale; and sister-in-law, Bert Ashley of California; long time friend, Nola Roberts, of Ellendale, and her, son Jeremie of Owatonna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; two brothers: Norman and John Ashley.