Memorial Services for Carole Myrna Nelson, age 75, of Albert Lea will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. The Reverend Shane Koepke will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may visit with family from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the service at the church.
Carole died peacefully at home with family by her side on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. She courageously fought a two-year battle with cancer showing both dignity and grace.
She was born on January 13, 1943, in Kiester, Minnesota the daughter of John and Pearl (Shellen) Courrier. She grew up on a farm near Kiester and graduated from Kiester High School. Carole attended business school in Mankato, MN, and then began working at Wilson & Co in Albert Lea. For a short time, she worked for a bank in Arizona, but then she met and married Rodger “Archie” Nelson on November 5, 1966, at First Lutheran Church and they made Albert Lea their home. In addition to raising three sons, Mike, Steve and Kevin, she did secretarial work for Grace Lutheran Church, Ascension Lutheran Church, the Credit Union, and Brookside and Hawthorne Schools. After retirement, she enjoyed working occasionally at Herberger’s.
Carole had many interests, she enjoyed hardanger projects, playing bridge, gardening, flowers and cooking. She especially enjoyed spending time with those she cared about most. Her most treasured moments were time spent with family – especially her grandchildren and coffee with her friends.
Carole is survived by her loving husband of more than 52 years Rodger “Archie” Nelson of Albert Lea; 3 sons: Michael John (Mindy) Nelson of Albert Lea and their children Hattie and Archie, Steven Edward (Amy) Nelson of Rochester, MN and their children Emily, Clare and Samuel, Kevin Rodger (Jill) Nelson of Albert Lea and their children Ryan and Grace; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Beverly and Warren Severtson of Austin, MN and Jim and Diane Nelson of Arizona, and several nieces and nephews.
Carole was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Larry Courrier.