Wilma Nelson (1919-2019)

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Wilma Nelson

Wilma, the third daughter of Eddie D. and Adelle (Swenson) Nelson, was born Oct. 22, 1919 on the farm west of Lindsborg, where she made her home almost her entire life. She passed away May 8, 2019, at McPherson Memorial Hospital.
She attended a country school, Indian Creek, for her public education. She graduated from Lindsborg High School in 1938. After several years working a variety of different jobs and raising her family, she took a course as a nurse’s aide and also medication aide, which she fulfilled by working at Bethany Home for 20 years.
Reaching the age of 80 years old, she retired from nursing, but, not really ready to stop working, she accepted a job as a Nutrition Manager for Friendship Meals, which were served at the Senior Center in Lindsborg. She worked there for seven years, leaving and returning in 2006. Her love was for helping others.
Wilma was baptized and confirmed at Fremont Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed the outdoors, working in the garden and planting her flowers. Love of her family and grandchildren, all her nieces and nephews, plus all of her friends was important to her. Wilma was also the 2015 Hyllningsfest Queen.
Her church was also important to her. She belonged to WELCA, Leader of Rebecca Circle for several years, and Althea Guild, helping wherever she could. She was a member of Bethany Church, where she was a Stephen Minister, and the Lindsborg Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Wilma married Hiram Larson on Oct. 21, 1944.  To their union were born three children, Merle, Ann, and Willis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram; her parents; daughter, Ann A. Murfitt; sisters, Violet Ahlstedt, and Doris Pearson; and an infant brother, Virgil.
She is survived by her sons, Merle Larson (Lesa), and Willis Larson (Lois), both of Lindsborg, Kan.; grandchildren, Tasha Mahoney (Tim), Erin Capone (Frank), Brooks Larson (Sophia Vigil), Bailey Morley (Blake), Hannah Baggett (Tyler), Chloe Jones (Ridge), Jennifer Smith (Derrick), and Aubreigh Hedrich; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, especially Sharon Pearson Palmquist, who was like a sister to her.
Visitation is from 5 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Crick-Christians Funeral Home, Lindsborg.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg, with Pastor James A. Strasen, officiating.  Interment and committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, at Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or to the Lindsborg Senior Center, in care of Crick-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, Kan. 67456.
For more information or to leave condolences online please visit www.crick-christiansfuneralhome.com.

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