Shirley was born January 21, 1937, in Pequot Lakes, the daughter of Hans William and Clara Sina (Peterson) Nelson. After graduating from high school, Shirley began working as a seamstress. She worked at Brainerd Garment, as well as few other manufacturing facilities when she and her sister, Lylla traveled and lived in a couple other states. Shirley loved to visit with friends and was quite the social butterfly. She enjoyed her part-time job as an Avon Lady for more than 20 years. She was an avid reader. Shirley and her niece, Autumn had a special bond and Shirley wasn’t shy with spoiling her.
Shirley will be missed by her sister, Darlene and niece, Autumn (Jake Heppner). She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and sister, Lylla.
Shirley’s family is grateful for the loving care provided by Adrian and Theresa Erickson of Comfort Care Cottages.
Shirley Ann Nelson, 83, of Wadena, formerly of Brainerd, died at Comfort Care Cottages in Wadena. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements provided by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home of Brainerd, Minnesota.
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