Phyllis Nelson, of Braham, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 79 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Braham Evangelical Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Big Lake Cemetery in Big Lake, Minnesota.
Phyllis Mae Nelson, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at age 79 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, on March 8, 2014.
Phyllis was born September 27, 1934 to Elmer and Gladys (Phillips) Longman in Madison, Minnesota. She attended Madison Schools and graduated in 1952. Phyllis was a caretaker at heart, so it wasn’t surprising that she chose nursing as her occupation. She attended Swedish Hospital School of Nursing after high school, where she met classmates who would become life-long friends. There were five special roommates who dubbed themselves the “Specam-Maceps.” (A title derived from a combination of letters in their names.) Phyllis met the love of her life, Gene Nelson, on a blind date in the fall of 1953— a “set- up” by one of her nursing-school friends.
Phyllis graduated from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in September of 1955 and married Gene in August of 1956. They welcomed their son, Calvin Gene, into their family on June 22, 1957 and later, their daughter, Diane Marie on November 26, 1960.
Phyllis practiced nursing at various locations early in her marriage including Minneapolis, Jackson and Benson, Minnesota. The family moved to Braham in 1967, where Phyllis and Gene raised their children and spent the next 52 years of marriage. Phyllis returned to nursing (after a season as homemaker) by working nights at Cambridge State Hospital. Later she worked as the Nurse in charge of the OR at Kanabec County Hospital in Mora, MN. Phyllis spent the remainder of her career at Mora.
Although Phyllis loved her job in Mora, her true passions were her church, family, friends, neighbors and hobbies. Phyllis was an avid gardener, raising vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs and flowers. She also loved animals and “shared” her garden with the deer and the bunnies. She often commented, “Oh, I don’t want to hurt them. I have enough to share.” Phyllis loved pretty dishes, tea parties, crafting with her daughter and granddaughters, and quilting. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she went to great lengths to make it special. Her family will remember her special touches: baked goodies, delicious meals, cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, Goodie bags on the Christmas tree, making gingerbread houses and her spirit of hospitality and celebration. T
hroughout her life, Phyllis maintained a positive outlook; she always gave people the benefit of the doubt and believed the best. She was a private person, with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed pulling pranks, loved a good joke and was intensely devoted to prayer and her family.
Phyllis was an active member of the Braham Covenant Church serving in various capacities, such as: financial secretary, deaconess, adventure club treat-lady, and prayer team member.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Gladys Longman; husband, Gene; son, Calvin; brothers-in-law, Robert Nelson, Steven Latterell, and Daniel Boenish.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Diane, son-in-law Joel Marpe; granddaughters, Leslie and Stephanie Marpe; sisters, Margaret Latterell, Jeannette Rosetter, Harriett Boenish; brother-in-Law, Roger Rosetter; sister-in-law Carmen Nelson; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Braham Evangelical Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating. Music was provided by Sharon Hohn and Kiersten Swartout. Casket Bearers were Tim Marpe, Joel Marpe, Bill Finnerty, Bill Coleman, Paul Sandborn, and Jesse Lang. Interment was at the Big Lake Cemetery in Big Lake, Minnesota. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home.