Barbara S. Nelson October 12, 1938 - November 17, 2018
Barbara S. Nelson, 80, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 in her residence at Country Meadows, Allentown, PA. She was the wife of Vernon W. Nelson. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in June 2018. Born in Pender, Nebraska, she was a daughter of the late Seth H. and Grace M. (Albertson) Meek. Barbara was a graduate of Iowa State University. Barbara was a remarkable woman. She was a stay at home Mom until her son Tracy and her daughter Beth were school age, and her son Ross was 4. Then she and another lady started a nursery school in the church basement. She was popular and served as a cub scout leader, a girls 4H leader and was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. When the children were in high school, she ran for and was elected to the Iowa Valley School Board. When Ross started school, she took a job as a legal secretary for the County Attorney. When his abstracter quit, she took over the job of abstracting. Later she served as a County Clerk in the Iowa County Court House. When the Clerk was voted out of office, she took a job as payroll clerk for an engineering firm in Cedar Rapids. After a few years, they decided to move their offices to Olathe, Kansas and offered to help her move and would find a job for Vernon there as well. She declined and took a job with Coates Field Service as an office manager on one of their many projects. Since by that time the children were on their own, she worked on different projects for them for over 10 years. It required her to move from their home in Iowa to Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Colorado as the different jobs required. Her main hobby was sewing. She sewed drapes for an interior decorator while the children were little. She especially enjoyed sewing quilts and made quilts for the children and grandchildren. Barbara also sewed baby quilts for the nieces and nephews and later for many of the grand nieces and grand nephews. She also sewed dresses for a charitable project for children in Africa. Barbara was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo, CO and also Marengo, IA. She a former member of the PEO Women’s Organization. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors: Husband; Daughter: Beth Broers and her husband Michael of Saylorsburg, PA; Sons: Tracy M. Nelson and his wife Frances of Dresher, PA, Ross C. Nelson of St. Paul, MN; Grandsons: Ian and Ryan Donohue; Granddaughter: Gabrielle Nelson; Step-grandson: Ty Broers; Sister: Becky Stamper and her husband Wayne of Colorado Springs, CO; Brother: Richard Meek and his wife Janice of Sioux City, IA.
Services: 4 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., 274 N. Krocks Rd., Allentown, PA 18106. Call 3 – 4 pm Tuesday (11/27/18) in the funeral home. www.stephensfuneral.com.
Contributions: Alzheimer’s Assoc., 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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