Hjordis Marilyn Nelson, 88, died peacefully on Dec. 27, 2013, while residing at Sterling House assisted living in La Crosse, Wis. 

Marilyn was born May 11, 1925, to Olaf and Thora (Halverson) Myhre. She graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1943, then attended Luther College, and transferred to Augustana College in Chicago, Ill., where she graduated in nursing. While at college, she also attended Patricia Stevens and modeled fashion accessories. 

After college, she returned to Minnesota and was employed at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester and then at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Marilyn met Peter Andrew Nelson at the Houston County Fair while they were in high school, and years later they married on Sept. 11, 1948, and started a family in Caledonia. She was a devoted wife and mother and found great joy and pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include her three children, David (Sandy Schiltz) of La Crosse, Wis.,  Douglas (Jeanne Garbers) of Portland, Ore., and  Cindy Nelson of Portland, Ore.; five grandsons,  Chris of Prior Lake, Minn., Dorian (Mindy) of St. Paul, Adam (Andrea) of Portland, Ore., Brad (Krista) of Bloomington, Minn., and Luke (fiancé, Leah Bartelson) of Minneapolis; one granddaughter, Danielle Sanders of Portland, Ore.;  her sister, Borghild Tuecke living in Guttenberg, Iowa; her sister-in-law, Greta Jones living in Florida; as well as seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.   

Marilyn was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Joseph Nelson; her husband, Peter Nelson; her brother, Oswald Myhre and his wife Ruby; her granddaughter, Rachel Nelson; and her brothers-in-law, Cornelius Tuecke and Howard Jones. 

Marilyn enjoyed a successful career as a Mary Kay representative for over 30 years.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and enjoyed the choir, circle meetings, quilting, and other activities in the church and community. Her positive perspective on life (even in her struggle with Parkinson's disease) is an inspiration to all who knew her.  Her kindness, beauty and grace will live forever. 

Funeral services to celebrate Marilyn's life were held on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia. The Rev. Steven E. Meyer officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation via on-line memorial at: https://www.michaeljfox.org or via mail to PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.  Also, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Caledonia.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com