Velma Jean Nelson was born on January 16, 1928, in Westphalia, Kansas to Clarence E. and Cecille (Brown) Mardick. When she was four years old, her family moved to Iowa Falls, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa Falls High School with the Class of 1945.
On November 29, 1947, Velma was united in marriage to William F. Nelson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Donald, James, and Rick. They lived in Iowa Falls, Alden, and Spirit Lake Iowa all of their married life. They were later divorced. In 1990, Velma moved to Windom, Minnesota to be near her sons, Rick Nelson and family and James Nelson. In January 2008, she became a resident at the Sogge Memorial Good Samaritan Society of Windom.
Velma was a member of the Ladies Auxillary of the V.F.W. for 35 years in Spirit Lake and the Women of the Moose in Iowa Falls. She liked going to Jackpot Junction, playing Bingo, and going to coffee with her friends in Windom. She also enjoyed doing cross stitch and crossword puzzles.
Velma passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Windom Area Hospital at the age of 80.
She is survived by her three sons, Donald Nelson and his wife, Donna, of Carson City, Nevada, James Nelson, of Windom, and Rick Nelson and his wife, Barb, of Windom; two granddaughters, Renee and Tiffany; one brother, Melvin Mardick and his wife, Jean, of Longmont, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Velma is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Keith and Gerald Mardick; and two sisters, Joanne Nelson and Shirla Behrens.
Blessed be the memory of Velma J. Nelson.
Paula Sturm wrote on Oct 29, 2008:
"Jim & Rick - I am sorry to hear about Velma's death. I am happy I had the opportunity to get to know her. She was such a kind lady and good mother. You and your families are in my thoughts."
John and Sue wrote on Oct 29, 2008:
"Rick,Barb and family, You have our sympathy."
Tom, Mike, Nate and Brandon, friends of Jim wrote on Oct 29, 2008:
"Blessed be the memory of Velma"