Jo Ann “Jody” Nelson, age 83, of Delano, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.
She was born March 6, 1936, in Horton, KS, to Benjamin and Kathryn Williams.
Jody attended Whiting High School, where she met her high school sweetheart, Samuel (Sam).
After graduation, she attended secretarial school in Topeka, KS; then moved to Portland, OR. Sam proposed and brought her back to Kansas, where they were married July 2, 1960.
Jody raised three children (Jeffrey, David, and Linda) while she and Sam moved from Kansas, to Missouri, to Minnesota, to Indiana, and back to Minnesota. They then moved several more times (Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Florida) before returning to Minnesota to be near their kids and grandkids.
Jody enjoyed a successful career as a secretary and administrative assistant, retiring from Cargill in 2008.
She was active in her church, Delano United Methodist, especially singing in the choir; and she enjoyed cooking for others.
Jody was a special wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 49 years, Sam; and sisters Phyllis Denton and Caroline Grulke.
Jody is survived by her sister, Mary Cochren; children Jeffrey (Rebecca) Nelson, David (Lana) Nelson, and Linda (Eric) Lindstrom; grandchildren Katlyn (Ryan) Kosek and Kelsie Nelson, Christopher Nelson and Adam Nelson, Josh (Angeline) Lindstrom, Erin (Ryan) Eyler and Andrea Maxwell; seven great-grandchildren; and many special friends and relatives.
There was a celebration of Jody’s life Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Delano United Methodist Church; with a gathering of family and friends at the church, one hour prior to the service. Private family inurnment took place in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
There was also visitation Monday, Jan. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Iten Funeral Home in Delano, which handled the arrangements.