Esther Nelson

March 23, 1917-Nov. 4, 2019

Esther Nelson, 102, a

lifelong resident to the

Tioga community, passed

away Monday, November

4, 2019 at the Tioga Medi-

cal Center Long Term

Care Unit.

Esther Signora Agnes

Strand was born on a farm

in Golden Valley Town-

ship, northwest of Tioga

on March 23, 1917 to Gil-

bert and Bertha (Elling-

boe) Strand. She was bap-

tized and confirmed in

Zion Lutheran Church

and graduated from Tioga

High School in 1935.

On January 30, 1944

she was united in mar-

riage to LeRoy Nelson.

They lived on the Nelson

farm southeast of Tioga

through the ensuing

years. She was an active

member of Zion Lutheran

Church, being one of the

organists for many years

and also accompanied the

Zion Trio.

After LeRoy died on

April 4, 1968, she moved

to Tioga, where she en-

joyed her little garden and

flowers. She always had a

positive attitude and

looked on the bright side

of things. She entered the

Tioga Nursing Home in

January of 2006 where she

resided until her death.

She is survived by: her

son, Richard (Sandra) Nel-

son of Tioga, ND;

grandchildren, Hannah

(Jesse) Nelson-Diaz, of

Seattle, WA, Gretchen

(Steve) Bitz of Bismarck,

ND and Everett Nelson of

Tioga, ND. Other sur-

vivors include four

great-grandchildren and a

number of nieces and


Also preceding her in

death are her parents; sis-

ters, Iola Warford and

Beulah Hanchett.

Her funeral service will

be held at 2:00 PM, Fri-

day, November 8, 2019 at

the Zion Lutheran Church

in Tioga. Pastor Richard

Carr will officiate. Inter-

ment will be in the Zion

Cemetery in Tioga.

Friends may call at the

Fulkerson Stevenson Fun-

eral Home in Tioga on Fri-

day from 10:00 am to

12:00 pm and at the

church one hour prior to


Fulkerson Stevenson

Funeral Home of Tioga is

assisting the family.

Friends may sign the

on-line register and give

their condolences at