We mourn the passing of Nellie May Nelson (nee Anderson) at Carberry PCH on May 7, 2018.
Left to cherish her memory are daughter Marlene; sons Leonard, Lyle (Donna) and Kevin (Fran). Predeceased by granddaughter Erin at 19 yrs in 2001. Cherishing her memory in order of age are grandchildren – Jody, Kyle, Ryan (Chantel), Larsen, Ainsley and great granddaughter Myla.
Nellie was born May 11, 1929 at Austin, MB to Charlie & Alma Anderson, the 3rd of 6 children.
Nellie was born the year of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, lived through the tough years of the Great Depression and World War II. Her teenage years were spent working for various nearby neighbours and relatives and at Portage Hospital for a time.
Nellie married John “Jack” Nelson of Pine Creek in 1950 and he predeceased her in 1994 and she missed and mourned him greatly.
As women in those years usually did, she worked on the farm with Jack. In the early years she milked cows, had chickens, a few pigs and turkeys. She canned and baked with a wood stove only, no running water, no fridge, and of course wood heat only.
Nellie worked at Carnation Foods for about 5 years 1962-1967 when her youngest son was born.
In January 1966 during a snowstorm the family moved from the old stone house to what was Norfolk School on the same ¼ of land. But here there was oil heat, running water and flush toilets.
Nellie volunteered many summers with the Ladies Auxiliary at the Austin Museum working in the dining hall, selling souvenirs and tickets and helping with fundraisers.
Nellie was predeceased by mother Alma (2002), father Charlie (1974) and all her siblings – brother Carl (1962), sister Ruth Hanna (1968), sisters and their spouses Alice & Clifford Chambers, Ella & Nick Kowalchuk and June & Melford Smith; Jack’s parents Rose (1964) and Otto Nelson (1953) and Jack’s sisters and their spouses Freda & Tom Manns and Violet & Albert Doucette, and is survived by his sister Frances (Allan) Nohlgren of Melville, Sk.
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