The funeral for Betty L. Nelson will be at 11:00am Monday, November 27, 2017 at Byron United Methodist Church with Pastors Beth Perez and Butch Lewellin officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery near Salem Corners. Visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Byron United Methodist Church (503 1st Ave NW, Byron) and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Betty, 86, of Byron, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at home. She was born November 17, 1931 in Mohawk, Michigan to Lawrence and Mamie Peterson.
She graduated from Anacostia High School in Washington, DC in 1949 and then graduated from the Kahler School of Nursing in 1952. On April 18, 1953 she married Donald M. Nelson in Rochester. The couple lived in Rochester and Duluth before moving to rural Byron in 1960.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years; sons Marty (Mary) of Hayfield, MN, Andy (Heather) of Duvall, WA, Matt (Jean) of Finland, MN; daughter Nancy (Dan) White of Byron; twelve grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Lois.
She was a very active volunteer helping in many areas of the community including her church, the schools, local elections, girl scouts, 4-H, the Olmsted County Fair, Meals on Wheels, and with Hospice. She was honored with the Byron Good Neighbor Award in 1994.
Betty enjoyed reading, tending to her garden, and helping with whatever was happening on the farm. She also enjoyed getting together with her Tuesday morning coffee group for over 50 years. She was always in the bleachers for her children's and grandchildren's many activities.
Memorials are preferred to the Byron United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Mayo Clinic Hospice program.
Byron Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.byronfuneralhome.com.