Jean E. Nelson, 88

Jean E. Nelson, 88

Jean E. Nelson, 88, of Ottawa passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Pleasant View Luther Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am, Monday, December 2, 2019 at Ottawa Funeral Home with Pastor Sherry Stevenson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am, prior to services, at the funeral home. She will be entombed at Oakwood Memorial Park Shrine of Rest Mausoleum.

Jean was born June 4, 1931 in Ottawa to Edwin and Mildred (Monroe) Hill. She married the love of her life, Hiram Nelson on January 22, 1949 at Petre Lutheran Church in Baker, Illinois; he passed away November 30, 2018. Jean met Hiram when she worked at Owens in Streator, and they carpooled to and from work together. Hiram and Jean enjoyed camping and spending many winters in Florida. Jean loved word searches, playing cards, and animals, especially horses.

She is survived by one son, Barry (Pam) Nelson of Ottawa; one daughter, Jodi (Curt) Woodall of Tennessee; grandchildren, Colby (Amy) Zellers, Courtnye (Matt) Miller, Travis (Hannah) Cowan, Kellan Cowan, Slater Woodall, Tristan (Ben) Johnson, Jesse (Jenna) Nelson, Josh Thompson, Noah Nelson, and Madi Nelson; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Luke, Carson, Alyssa, Zoe, Ryder, Lily, Rylee, and Kaden; and her special family friends, Sandi Bivens and Mary Niemann.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hiram; one son, Douglas Nelson; and her brother, Robert “Bob” Hill.

Pallbearers will be Pat Mino, Gary Auen, Matt Miller, Colby Zellers, Jim Hill, and Robert Hill.

Memorials may be directed to her family.

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Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory
1111 LaSalle St, Ottawa Illinois 61350