Marion passed on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at Arbor Manor in Fremont.
The funeral for Marion O. Nelson, 85, of Winslow, was on November 8, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, Hooper, Nebraska.
Marion O. Cornelius was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Orum to Nels and Jessie (Hurlbert) Cornelius. She grew up in the Orum and Wahoo areas, settling in Winslow in 1960. She worked as a cook at the former Maxey's Cafe in Fremont. She married Edwin W. Nelson Aug. 15, 1937, in Papillion. He died Dec. 29, 1983. Marion was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hooper, and a member and past president of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She was a former mayor of Winslow and did volunteer work at the Hooper Care Center. Marion was also a member and past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 10535 in Hooper.
She is survived by her son Ed (and wife, Jan) Nelson Jr. of Fremont; her brother Wayne (and wife, Hannah) Cornelius of Fremont; sisters, Maxine Richter of Fremont and Jesse Ann (and husband, Ray) Waterman of Omaha; and a special friend, G. Don Meyer of Hooper; plus seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin, her sister Dorothy (Cornelius) Bednarz, and two brothers Elmer Cornelius and Vernon (Jim) Cornelius.
The Rev. Carl Lehmann officiated at Tuesday's service. Visitation was at the Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Burial was at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, just a few steps from where her mother and father rest.
Memorials may still be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Hooper.
Marion Nelson was known as wife and mother for her family, aunt and matriarch to the whole family. Marion did not distinguish blood relative from in-laws. Nor did she love any less those family members living far away and seldom seen. When you were at her home, you were family and that was that. She set the standard for hospitality and participation with practiced ease, making sure everyone was comfortable, well fed, and "at home". We will miss her strong yet kind ways and the direct manner in which she met life, settng an example for us all.
McKenna shows us where Aunt Marion's Memorial is placed.
Aunt Marion's Memorial in the Herb Garden at the Omaha Botanical Gardens, placed by the family of her sister,
Dorothy (Cornelius) Bednarz.