ILO M. NELSON

ilo-nelson-web-photo.jpgIlo Nelson of Braham, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at her home at Elmhurst Commons. She was 88 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 24, 2009 at Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope and Rev. Paul Reynolds officiating. VISITATION will be Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Rock – Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Fri. INTERMENT will be in Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.

Ilo Millicent Nelson was born on the family farm in Royalton Township on September 18, 1920 to Nels and Sylva (Beers) Holger. She attended Clint School and then Graduated Valedictorian of her class from Braham High School in 1938. She married Wendell Nelson June 14, 1942. Born to this union were four sons and a daughter.

While Wendell served in Europe in World War II, Ilo was at home raising young Conrad. When he returned home Wendell went to work for Eugene Aurelius and Ilo continued to raise their expanding family. In 1964 Ilo and Wendell purchased Aurelius Manufacturing Company in Braham, where Ilo worked in the office and kept the books. She was active at Stanchfield Baptist Church and the Braham community throughout her life. She loved teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir and held many offices in the church. She served on many committees and was very active in school activities as well.

Ilo enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much.

When they retired Wendell built Ilo a new house that they would share until his death. She continued to live in her house until her health issues caused her to join her many friends at Elmhurst Commons, where Ilo died July 19, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Leila and Lois, her parents, and her husband Wendell.

She is survived by sons Conrad (Paulette) Nelson of Stanchfield, Wayne (Kathy) Nelson of Braham, Darwin (Marlene) Nelson of Braham, and Loren (Louise) Nelson of Cambridge, and daughter Wendy (David) Nelson of Bruno; Grandchildren Ryan (Rebecca) Nelson, Kristina (Joshua) Kirsch, Chad (Holly) Nelson, Brandon (Margo) Nelson, Barrett (Nickie) Nelson, Stacie (James) Colling, Tim Nelson, Brian (Sylvia) Nelson, and Brenda (Larry) Nelson; 21 great-grandchildren; brother Eugene Holger of Stillwater, sisters Norma Moulton of Rush City and Karen (Forrest) Hutchinson of Moreno Valley, California. She is also survived by her many close friends and caregivers at Elmhurst Commons.

3 guestbook entries for ILO M. NELSON

  1. Lynn (Watson) and Richard Rossiter July 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    I treasure childhood memories of visits to Braham. Alice, Ilo and Wendell were so wonderfully welcoming to our large family…and Ilo and Wendell’s children shared their interests, games and fun!

    Thanks to Alice, Ilo, and Wendell who live on in our hearts. And thanks to Conrad, Wayne, Darwin, Loren, and Wendy!–God bless you at this time of grieving…and of celebration of life well-lived!

    Lynn (Watson) Rossiter

  2. Loren & Rosemary Brabec July 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Dear God, welcome this wonderful woman into your eternal care and bless and comfort her family during this time of sorrow. Amen.

  3. Jeff Watson August 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    I am sorry to be so late with this communication.
    I wish that I had been able to convey in person, to the Nelson family, how many wonderful memories I have of our visits to the Nelson home in Braham. We always felt welcome there, because of the way that Wendell, and Ilo, and all of their children, accepted our large bunch from Minneapolis.
    In spite of some sharp contrasts between our lives in the city and the Nelsons’ small town lives, we always seemed to have much in common with each other. Many good memories, including ball games in the field next to the Nelson home, and a particularly enjoyable watermelon seed spitting contest in the backyard, remain vivid for me after more than forty years.
    I will always have fond thoughts and wonderful memories of Wendell, and Ilo, and all of the Nelson family, and wish all the best for the surviving members of the Nelson family and their offspring.

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