Marilyn Ruth Nelson



Marilyn Ruth Nelson, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away, Monday, February 9, 2015 at Caretel Inns of Lakeland.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph, with Rev. Thomas Bird officiating. A fellowship luncheon will follow the graveside services. Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse in Charlotte, NC.  Those wishing to sign Marilyn’s Memory Book online may do so

Marilyn was born August 18, 1929 in Little Falls, Minnesota to Elmer H. & Breta C. (Gustafson) Nelson.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University & her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University.  Marilyn taught elementary school, fifth & sixth grade in California, Minnesota, and the last twenty-eight years at Lincoln School in St. Joseph, retiring in 1994 after forty years total.  She was the church organist at Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley, CA for ten years, and enjoyed playing the piano, singing, sewing, & reading.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph where she was active with the Trinity Quilters.

Marilyn is survived by two sons-Timothy Nelson of South Haven, John (Jitka) Nelson of St. Joseph; three grandchildren-Bethany Nelson, Jessica (Lewis) Maynard, Joshua (Yeney) Nelson; five great-grandchildren-Arielle & Genesis Nelson, Caeleb, Micah & Joseph Maynard; her sister Diane (Herbert) Schneider of Cinncinnati, OH; her brother David (Phyllis) Nelson of Benton Harbor; and numerous nieces, nephews, & great nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer & Breta Nelson.