Patricia Ann Nelson, 83

Patricia Ann (Otis) Nelson, age 83, of Dassel, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at the Lakeview Ranch in Darwin.

She was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Forest City, IA, the daughter of George and Ann (Trump) Otis.

She attended elementary and high school in Forest City, graduating in 1949.

Through the influence of a teacher, Pat attended First Methodist Church, where upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ, she was baptized and confirmed.

Pat attended Fairview Nursing School in Minneapolis, where she received her registered nursing (RN) degree. Later, through training at Minneapolis General Hospital (now Hennepin County Medical Center), she received her degree as an anesthetist.

Pat was united in marriage to Howard Nelson May 16, 1958, at the Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis. To this marriage were born two sons, Mark and Brad.

Pat and Howard lived in Columbus, NE; Nome, AK, and St. Peter MN, where Howard worked in broadcasting and Pat provided services in anesthesia for several hospitals. While in Nome, AK, on the Bering Sea Coast, Pat worked in a hospital serviced by the Methodist Church Missions, and was the only anesthetist in western and northern Alaska.

Pat, Howard, and their sons moved to Cokato in 1968, where Howard worked in the school system, and she worked in nursing homes, becoming the assistant director of nursing at the Dassel Lakeside home before retiring.

Pat’s outside interests included quilting, and earlier in life, enjoyed golfing with her husband. She had been active in choir, and the woman’s group at the Dassel Covenant Church prior to medical involvement.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Howard of Dassel; two sons, Mark (Melissa) Nelson of Phoenix, AZ, and Brad (Leslie) Nelson of St. Louis Park; and five grandchildren, Brittney, Kelsey, Ben, and twins Bella and Jet.

She was preceded in death by her parents (who lived to be 99 and 101); and also by a grandson, Andrew Christian Nelson, who died at age 4 and one-half.

The funeral service took place Sunday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There was a time to gather one hour prior to the service at the church Sunday afternoon.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.

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