Louise Nelson

September 20, 1934 - March 8, 2024

Location Of Death: Corvallis, OR United States

Celebrating Life

Louise Nelson passed away on March 8, 2024, in Corvallis, Oregon. Born in Powers Lake, North Dakota on September 20, 1934, she was the second of three children to Otto and Martha Moe. Louise enjoyed cheerleading for the Powers Lake Ranchers basketball team throughout her high school years. She went to college in Minot and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. It was there that she met the love of her life, and married Len Nelson in December of 1958. Soon after, they moved to Prineville Oregon and began to raise a family. In 1966, they moved to John Day, where they owned Len’s City Drug for 30 years. During that time, she also worked as a nurse at the hospital and in the local medical clinic. In addition to her roles within the family, Louise was an active member of the community. Her commitment to service and her genuine concern for others left an indelible mark on those she encountered. It was always said that Louise never knew a stranger, everyone who met her became her friend. Louise spent years supporting her children in their activities and was a huge fan of Prospector athletics. Louise and Len’s annual Christmas party was one of the fondest memories for the family as neighbors, friends, store employees and their families came together to celebrate the season. After retirement Louise and Len enjoyed traveling, they cherished going to Kauai and spending time at Yachats on the Oregon coast. Louise’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of family and friends, her spirit will continue to live on through the countless lives she touched. She will be remembered fondly for her kindness, her compassion, and the love she shared with all who knew her. She and her husband opened their home to a range of friends and extended family. She enjoyed watching her children grow and become successful adults. Her love for her grandchildren- Malia, Drew, Kyle, Kaylie and Makenna, and great grandchildren- Aidan, Eli, Evan, and Kai, ran deep and brought her immense joy. Survivors include her son Larry (Amanda) Nelson of Bend; daughters, Lori (Jerry) Wolcott of Philomath and Lenise (Steve) Rawlings of Vancouver; and sister Elanor Barr of California, and brother Gordon (Judy) Moe of Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband Len (1932-2014). A celebration of life will be held in John Day, Oregon, May 11th at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church, located at 126 NW Canton Street. A reception at the church will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice, John Day United Methodist Church, Carrie Young Memorial Foundation, or a charity of choice, through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd. John Day, Oregon, 97845. Obituary courtesy of Driskill’s Memorial Chapel.

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