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Ona Faa Nelson

Nov. 16, 1950-Nov. 24, 2012

November 29, 2012
Minot Daily News

Ona Faa Nelson, 62, Flaxton, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Ona Faa Nelson was born Nov. 16, 1950, the daughter of Raymond Arthur and Esther Lillian Nelson in Crosby. She was raised in the Flaxton area, attended Flaxton High School and graduated from there in 1969. While in high school she participated in choir, played the clarinet in band and was an avid reader. She briefly attended North Dakota State University in Fargo. She then returned to live on the family farm near Flaxton. After an in-depth study of the Bible she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on July 17, 1970. She was a member of the Powers Lake congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and joyfully participated in a worldwide Bible education ministry and lovingly helped people in any way she could. She was generous with her time and her belongings. She radiated with joy whenever she was singing, dancing or laughing. She had an innocence about her and at the same time conveyed a humble wisdom. Ona loved people and animals, and was dearly loved in return. She enjoyed traveling and learning new things. She was able to retain and recall amazing details of information on a wide variety of subjects. She lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for a time in her younger years, and she traveled whenever she could. She visited friends in Connecticut and family in California, Texas, Florida and Washington state.

She loved her friends and her family very much and was a devoted caretaker of her mother, Esther, and her younger brother, Don.

Surviving family includes: sisters and brothers, Ila Rae Maki, Benicia, Calif., Arva Kae Walters, of Portal, Dale Arnold Nelson, Watford City, Eddy Dean Nelson, Lovelock, Nev., Coni Lee Evans, Reno, Nev., Mari Lyn Koreski, Kennewick, Wash., and Don Carlos Nelson, of Flaxton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ona was preceded in death by: her mother and father, Raymond Arthur and Esther Lillian Nelson; maternal grandparents, Karl Gottfred and Della Me (Bogges) Johnson; and paternal grandparents, John and Ella (Erickson) Nelson; and brother, Oren K. Nelson.

Memorial Service: Friday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at Powers Lake Congregation Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Interment: Bethlehem Danish Cemetery, rural Bowbells/Coteau.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the memorial book Friday an hour prior to the service in the Kingdom Hall.

Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (

Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare, is handling arrangements.



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