Mary A. Nelson

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Mary A. Nelson, age 85, New Hampton, IA died September 27, 2020 at Drumlin Reserve Memory Care in Cottage Grove, WI. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating the service. Please feel free to join the family via Conway-Markham Funeral Home's Facebook Live to attend the service online. Visitation at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday. We ask anyone attending the visitation and/or funeral to be respectful of social distancing guidelines and mask requirements. Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church. Mary was born November 24, 1934 in rural Carr Valley, WI, daughter of Kenneth and Hazel Warren. She married LaVerne Nelson on May 20, 1961 at the Midvale Community Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. After completing her high school education, Mary attended and graduated from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Madison in 1955, where she continued working until her marriage. Mary and her husband LaVerne made their home in La Crosse, WI, where their three children, Thomas, Stephen and Susan were born. LaVerne's job brought them to Iowa, where they established their home in 1969 in New Hampton. Mary worked at the New Hampton Medical Clinic from August 1978 until March 1995. She enjoyed time with her family, especially vacations in northern Wisconsin and houseboating on the Mississippi River, golfing and playing bridge. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Those left to cherish Mary's memory include two sons, Thomas, Jerome, ID and Stephen, Deerfield, WI, one daughter, Susan (Ross) Odland, Frisco, TX, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband LaVerne, her parents and her brother Robert.

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  1. My sympathy to all of Maryโ€™s family. I always loved playing bridge with Mary. She had a fascinating way of shuffling cards. We also enjoyed social events with La Vern and Mary at the country club and dinner parties. New Hampton was lucky they moved here.

  2. I am very sorry to hear of Maryโ€™s passing. She was a wonderful lady! Our condolences to the entire family. Lance and Jan Manson

  3. Our sympathy to all of Marys family,Tom golfed with LaVern for years and we also played cards with them,they were a wonderful couple.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.Tom and Marian Gebel.

  4. Beautiful celebration of life! Your mother was a beautiful person both inside and out. I always looked up to her as a neighbor and friend and enjoyed our conversations together. The saddest part of life is when that person that gave you the best memories becomes a memory! Share your memories Tom, Steve and Susie and hugs to all.

  5. Mary was a joy to be around. She was so caring and faithful. Mary added much joy and dedication to the Trinity Lutheran Church Bell Choir. Mary and Laverne are truly missed!

  6. Mary was the most delightful person and wonderful nurse! Dr Reams felt she was an excellent nurse. They were a great duo!! Heaven is truly richer for her being there. Our sincere sympathy to the family – its never easy to say goodbye ( for a time) to ones Mother. Dr. Richard & Brita Reams

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