Eleanor Nelsen, 89, Kenmare, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in her daughter's home in Wahpeton.
Eleanor Lucille Scott was born July 18, 1923, the daughter of Hans and Emma (Elm) Scott, near Norma. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Danske Lutheran Church, rural Norma, and attended a country school near the family farm through the eighth grade. She attended high school in Westby, Mont., graduating in 1941.
After high school, she lived on the farm with her parents. She was active in the Zion Luther League, taking part in the Christmas programs. She substitute taught at two country schools near Norma for a couple of years. In 1963, the family moved to Kenmare, where she worked at the Kenmare Creamery as a butter wrapper for a time.
Eleanor married Gordon W. Nelsen in November 1964. They made their home in Kenmare for a short time before moving to the farm just north of Norma. Eleanor was a farm wife and stay-at-home mom. They continued to reside on the farm until 1980, when they moved into Kenmare. Gordon passed away in September 1990. Following her husband's death, Eleanor continued to reside in her home.
She loved plants, especially African violets. While on the farm, she had more than 40 violets and nearly as many gloxinias. She enjoyed gardening and puttering in her flowers. She also loved photography and embroidery, making many sets of dish towels for the Trinity Lutheran Church Bazaar. She loved history and traveling, so they took many day trips around North Dakota to visit historic sites. She was an avid reader and writer, always writing long letters to her family and friends.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and had been active in the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America group. She was an active member of a hospital guild and a member of the 39ers Homemakers Club.
Her loving family includes: daughter, Karen Nelsen, Wahpeton; cousins, Shirley (Gary) Nelsen, Williston, Bob (Lorna) Lagerquist, Elaine (Marlowe) Onstad and Brian (Sandy) Elm, all Westby, Mont.; sister-in-law, Lois Nelsen, Minot; brother-in-law, Kenneth Nelsen, Port Orchard, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and second cousins.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon; brother-in-law, Loren Nelsen; sister-in-law, Shirley Nelsen; sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Oden Shaver; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and her two special cats, Buster and Taz.
Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Kenmare.
Interment: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Norma.
Visitation: Today, Jan. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Cemetery Association, rural Norma, or Metigoshe Ministries, Lake Metigoshe.
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