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Marion Elaine Nelson

April 10, 1933 September 29, 2018
Marion Elaine Nelson
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Marion Elaine Nelson, 85, Rugby, died on early Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby. Marion was born on April 10, 1933 in Devils Lake, North Dakota to Edward and Clara Amelia (Paulson) Elverud. She lived in Benson and Pierce counties and graduated from Rugby High School in 1950. As a young lady she worked at Merchants Bank for a few years before she married Marlowe Alvin Nelson on October 16, 1955 in Berwick, North Dakota. For many years they operated a grain and livestock farm in Torgerson township – Pierce county. She and Marlowe also operated one of the few mink farms in North Dakota for about 10 years. Marion took care of the animals as a daily task. Many people will remember Marion’s talent as a hunter where she took pride in her skill to harvest a deer every season until her health failed her. Most of all people from the surrounding areas will remember her for her fine crocheting work. She produced thousands of doilies, tablecloths, bedspreads, lace, snowflakes and angels from miles of thread of all colors. Marion won many awards for her art including Sons of Norway International awards. Her products shipped to customers as far away as Norway, Japan, and Australia. She served her community by working in the Civil Defense program in the 1960's, the US Census, township election board, the Democratic-NPL party and enjoyed many, many political conventions. She was a long time member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby and its WELCA organization, the Sons of Norway Odin Lodge # 87, in addition to the Pioneer Daughters of Towner. Family relation, dedication, motherhood, and involvement was highly important to her as she followed the family in their daily lives, her grandchildren’s many sporting events in addition to family time watching professional sports.

She is survived by her children, Dr. MariJean Eggen – Brownsburg, Indiana, Mark Nelson – Rugby, and Marvin and his wife Susan Nelson – Rolla. She also leaves a brother, Duane Elverud and step-siblings Richard Elverud, Dale Elverude, and Lois Strahsburg. Four grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren will miss their grandmother, Marion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlowe on April 10, 2002, a sister, Marcella Larson, and her parents.

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4:00 PM 10/4/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
Niewoehner Funeral Home

213 2nd Ave. SW
Rugby, ND 58368

And one hour before the service at Bethany Lutheran Church on Friday.

Niewoehner Funeral Home
213 2nd Ave. SW Rugby 58368 ND
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2:00 PM 10/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church

402 Second Street South East
Rugby, ND 58368

Bethany Lutheran Church
402 Second Street South East Rugby 58368 ND
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Persilla Watts Cemetery Final Resting Place

300-352 9th Ave SW
Rugby, ND 58368

300-352 9th Ave SW Rugby 58368 ND
United States

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