Ok Sun “Lee” Nelson, 73, of Ellendale, MN peacefully passed away on July 24, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea on September 22, 1946. She married Marty Nelson on September 26, 1971 at the Army Chapel in Vint Hill Farms Station in Fauquier County, Virginia. Marty and Lee moved to Ellendale where they made their life-long home and raised their two daughters, Nancy and Heidi. Lee was a member of First Lutheran Church, where she was baptized on April 23, 1977.
Among Lee’s proudest achievements were her roles of mother and grandmother. She was the type of Nana who didn’t hesitate to get down on the floor to play with her granddaughters, Anna and Audrey. Whether they were coloring, playing with dolls, or tossing the ball back and forth, laughter could be heard from miles away. Anna and Audrey meant the world to Lee and she had a knack for making them feel special and loved.
Lee was a world traveler but the simple pleasure of taking trips with her granddaughters were treasured most. Additionally, she was a Twins baseball enthusiast and never missed a game.
Lee’s spirit is carried on by her family, especially her beloved granddaughters. She will always be remembered for her loving and generous heart. She was kind, thoughtful, gracious and compassionate. She enjoyed helping others and volunteering her time selflessly. Lee taught us to forgive quickly, to give to others, and to always be of service. She also taught us to be courageous – to know we are all doing the best we can, to cultivate gratitude, and to always remember to have fun.
Moreover, Lee would want all of us to remember her with a smile rather than with tears. She would want us to find comfort in knowing she is free from pain and home with her Heavenly Father.
Lee is survived by her husband of 48 years, Marty Nelson of Ellendale, daughters, Nancy Nelson of Oakdale, MN and Heidi Nelson Baldwin (husband Ryan) and granddaughters Anna and Audrey Baldwin of Stillwater, MN, sister-in-law, Oon Ae Lee of Seoul, South Korea, brother-in-law, Dan Nelson of Ellendale, MN, and many nieces and nephews of Seoul, South Korea.
Lee is reunited with her parents and older brother, Su Bok Lee as well as her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clayton and Audrienne Nelson.
Due the existing restrictions of Covid-19, family and friends are welcome to attend a visitation at First Lutheran Church, 503 Radel Court, Ellendale, MN 56026 on July 29 from 4-6PM. Graveside service to follow.
In Lee's memory, donations may be made to First Lutheran Church.
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