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Donna J. L. Nelson, 85

Jul 6, 2015

Blue Earth Donna Jean Lowery Nelson, age 85, of Blue Earth died June 23, 2015, at her home with Ray, her special friend, at her side.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, the Rev. Russ Jacobsen officiated.

Donna was born Aug. 5, 1929 on a farm east of Elmore. She was the daughter of Clayton and Marvel (Thor) Lowery. She attended school in Elmore. She married Marvin Nelson in 1950 and they were blessed with three children, Brian, Mark and Teri, and an infant daughter that died at birth. They were later divorced. Donna lived in Blue Earth and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She worked as a teller at the First National Bank for five years before working at Blue Earth Light and Water Department for 30 years full time, then part time for another twelve years. Donna lived in Wells, with special friend, Ray Wigern. After Ray’s retirement they moved back to Blue Earth. Donna enjoyed traveling, including several cruises and visiting many islands. Donna’s most enjoyable cruise was in 2001 with her daughter and daughter-in-law, her best friend Dee Oelke and her daughter and daughter-in-law.

Donna is survived by her special friend Ray Wigern; her sons, Brian Nelson, of Alpine, Wyo., Mark (Teri) Nelson, of Blue Earth; daughter Teri (Mike) Siebel, of Trempealeau, Wis.; Ray’s two daughters, Denise (Donnie) Southwick, of Janesville, and Tami (Tom) Margarit, of St. Paul; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; nephew, Dean (Linda) Koppen, of Spencer, Iowa; nieces, Sandy Smith, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Heidi (Randy) Hammerschmidt, of Chaska, and her cat “George.”

Donna was preceded in death by an infant daughter; her parents; sister, Darlene Koppen Spear; and brother, Charles “Chuck” Lowery and his wife Lavonne Lowery.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com