Phyllis Nelson, 92Phyllis Ruby Nelson, age 92, of Red Wing, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park, Red Wing.
Phyllis Ruby Nelson, age 92, of Red Wing, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park, Red Wing.
Phyllis was born on Jan. 21, 1920, in Deer River, Minn., the daughter of Ralph and Catherine (Heinrichs) Baird.
Phyllis graduated from Staples High School and attended St. Cloud Normal School. She married Donald Nelson in 1940, putting her teaching career on hold to raise her seven children. After her youngest child entered school, she attended River Falls College, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1963.
Phyllis taught school in Vasa, Minn.; St. Croix Falls, Wis.; Downing, Wis.; and ended her teaching career at Lindgren Elementary School in the Ellsworth School District. Teaching school was one of her greatest pleasures, and she especially appreciated watching her students reach their full potential.
Phyllis had many interests, but her passions were her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed Bible study with special friends, gardening, and oil painting. She also loved the challenge of cryptograms and crossword puzzles.
She was a member of First Covenant Church, Red Wing.
Phyllis is survived by her children Ronald (Deborah) Nelson, Bay City; Royce (Ruby) Nelson, Elmwood; Renee Hedstrom, Prairie Farm; Roxine (Gail) Johnson, Ellsworth; Redina (Robert) Bang, Ellsworth; Rebecca (Donald) Van Loon, Red Wing; and Richard (Wanda) Nelson, Bay City. She is further survived by 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and her brother Duane Baird of Pendleton, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; daughter Ranelle; grandson Cary Nelson; great-grandson Dylan Knutson; daughter-in-law Beverly Nelson; son-in-law Paul Hedstrom; her sisters, Fern Bain, Nora Davis, and Doris Springer; and her brothers Howard and Claude Baird.
Funeral services for Phyllis will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at First Covenant Church of Red Wing. Burial will be in Diamond Bluff Cemetery, Diamond Bluff, Wis. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and for 1 hour prior to the funeral at the church on Tuesday. Memorials preferred to First Covenant Church or donor's choice.
Go to www.hillfuneralservice.com to send an online condolence to the family.
Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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