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Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery
Friday November 19th, 2021

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Shirley Lorraine Nelson

Shirley Lorraine Christian Nelson, age 94, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, MN. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery, Clarks Grove, MN. Pastor Kent Otterman will officiate. This will be an outdoor graveside service. The service will be live-streamed through Bayview Funeral Homes' Facebook page.

Shirley L. Nelson was born March 1, 1927, in Clinton, IA. In her mid-teens, following the death of her mother, she moved to Albert Lea with her father and brother where she graduated from Albert Lea High School. Shirley married the love of her life, Wes Nelson, on January 12, 1947. They were married 72 years! Wes and Shirley were longtime residents of Albert Lea. They lived in their house on E. Eighth Street for 68 years. In that home, they raised three children, Craig, Judy, and Brian.

Shirley worked a number of support and service jobs in the Albert Lea area. Her main calling was being a great wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Shirley loved family camping, quilting, and tending her flowers. She treasured friendships, most notably friends since childhood. Given her strong Christian faith, Shirley was very active in her church, Calvary Baptist Church (now Bridge Community Church). She served on church committees, loved singing in the choir, helped with youth groups, church camp, and the church’s quilting group.

For two years, Wes and Shirley resided at Bancroft Creek Senior Apartments and Shirley for an additional two years following Wes’ death. At Bancroft Creek, Shirley fully enjoyed and greatly appreciated the staff and residents. She especially enjoyed bible study and hymn sing with Pastor Kent Otterman.

While living to a ripe old age of 94 and being slowed by the physical infirmities of her years, Shirley was sharp as a tack to her dying day. Visits with Shirley were always interesting and informative. In her final days, Shirley wanted one thing…..to join Wes in heaven. Now their love story will continue eternally.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Judy (Paul) Dilling; son, Brian (Cathy) Nelson; grandchildren, Jeanne Dilling (Jake Fielstra), Susie (Troy) Neist, their children, Sadie and Levi; Zachary (Alisha) Nelson, their children, Reese and Avery; Hilary (Jason) Haddad, their children, Alex and Jake; sister-in-law, Florence Christian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Phyllis Nelson; parents, John Travis and Esther (Carlson) Christian; parents-in-law, Nels and Mabel (Larson) Nelson; brother, Robert Christian; sister-in-law, Zola (Bob) Utzke; brothers-in-law, Carroll (Margaret) Nelson and Manford (Deloris) Nelson; nieces, Gayle Lyon, Virginia Sandquist, Luetta Hinkle; nephew, Gary Christian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Youth for Christ or the donor’s choice.

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Judy & Brian & family - my sincere condolences on the loss. I'm so glad I was able to spend some time with her prior to the pandemic situation and getting some reminiscences from her about my dad (she was my dad's 1st cousin) as well as stories about my grandparents and the great stories about her marriage and times with Wes. She was just a nice, genuine person
and pray she is with Wes in heaven. May you find peace in the coming days.

Todd Madson Nov 19 2021 11:51 AM

Brian & Cathy and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. She was a wonderful woman and was so very kind and loving. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we hope that wonderful memories sustain you at this time.
Lyth & Mary Hartz

Lyth Hartz Nov 19 2021 10:05 AM

Judy & Paul & family,
Shirley was such a blessing to me growing up. She was always encouraging and loved her Lord. Grateful she is with Him now and may you rest in the promise of spending eternity together. God bless!

Paula & Jerry Merkouris Nov 16 2021 12:20 PM

Aunt Shirley as I called her was great friends with my dad and mom and eventually us kids, She was one of the nicest people I've ever known. Judy and Brian I'm sorry for your loss as well as all the people she affected throughout her long life. I hope she meets up with my folks in heaven.

John Suter Nov 15 2021 4:22 PM

Judy and Paul and family,
Sending our condolences to you during this sad time. Your mother had a long life here, but at peace with your Dad and her Lord now.🙏🏻

Mary Ann and Arnie Venem Nov 14 2021 9:37 AM

So sorry Judy on the passing of your Mom. She lived a long life and sounded like a very special lady. Blessings to you, Paul, and your family. With Love, Jim a d Sandy God Bless!

Jim and Sandy Krueger Nov 14 2021 7:22 AM

Brian and Cathy, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Sincere condolences to you both.

Denise and Brian Nov 14 2021 6:21 AM