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Maybelle Alexandria Nelson

Maybelle Alexandria Nelson, age 104, of Litchfield, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

She was born Feb. 17, 1902 in Meeker County, the seventh of nine children born to Mike and Elna (Persson) Mortenson. Maybelle was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended rural school through the eighth grade.

She stayed on the home farm keeping house for her father and siblings after her mother passed away.

Maybelle was united in marriage to Birger Nelson March 7, 1936 at the First Lutheran Church parsonage. Maybelle and Birger farmed for a short time near Litchfield; then in Forest City Township.

In 1959, they sold their farm and moved to Litchfield. Birger passed away Feb. 6, 1963.

Maybelle continued to live in her house until 1994, when she became a resident of Bethany Home, and then Emmanuel Home in 1995.

Maybelle was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield, where she was active in her church group.

She enjoyed crocheting, making small quilts, baking, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.

Maybelle is survived by her daughter, Sandra (and Marlyn) Anderson of Litchfield; granddaughter Laurie (and Jon) Gelschus of Hutchinson; grandson Layne (and Kristy) Anderson of Litchfield; great-grandchildren Amy, Bradley, and Tami Jo Gelschus; and Shelby and Ryan Anderson; and nephew Gary (and Lavonne) Mortenson of Dassel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Birger; sisters Huldah Uglem and Florence Anderson; brothers Maurice, Walter, George, Guy Palmer, Oscar and Guy Peter Mortenson in infancy; and nieces Patricia Gibson and Irene Burnside.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield with the Rev. David Sorensen officiating. Interment was in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield.

Visitation took place Monday, April 10 from 5 to 8 p.m at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, and continued for one hour Tuesday, prior to the services at the church.

Pallbearers were Layne Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Jon Gelschus, Bradley Gelschus, Gary Mortenson, and Kurt Mortenson.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

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