Dorothy J. Nelson

Dorothy J. Nelson

WHITINGHAM- Dorothy Jean Nelson, 91, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 27, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Rebekah and Brian Green, where she had been residing. She has now gone to be with her Lord. 
The daughter of Wilson and Lydia (Milner) Robinson, she was born in Sault Sainte Marie, MI, on October 10, 1929. She graduated from Minnesota Bible College with a bachelor’s degree in sacred literature. 
She married Walter Nelson on June 20, 1953 in Sault Sainte Marie. He died on January 14, 1975. 
Mrs. Nelson had worked at Cannon Falls (MN) High School and raised her seven children. She moved to Vermont in 1988. She was always willing to help her family wherever she was needed. She was “Grandma” to all and affectionately known as “Miss Dorothy.” She was a caregiver to her children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends. She enjoyed sewing, raising many vegetables in her gardens, canning those vegetables, and sharing them. 
Mrs. Nelson was always encouraging to others. Her sweetest love was to lend a kind smile to heal a hurt and to serve in congregations from the Midwest to the East Coast.
She leaves her children Daniel W. Nelson (Marcia), of Wilmington; Susan E. Merrill (Russell), of Winchester, VA; James A. Nelson (Janice), of Wasilla, AK; Rebekah A. Green (Brian) of Whitingham; Joseph C. Nelson of Omaha, NE; and Andrew J. Nelson (Nancy), of Groesbeck, TX. She also leaves 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
She was preceded in death by her parents Wilson and Lydia Robinson, five brothers, one sister, her husband Walter Nelson, son Stephen Nelson, and grandson Zachary Taylor on May 26, 2018. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 3 pm at the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home with her grandson Brandon Merrill officiating. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation at the funeral home from 1:30 until 3 pm. Mrs. Nelson will be buried with her husband Walter in the family lot in Cannon Falls Cemetery. 
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit

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