Barb Nelson

barb nelson

Barb passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at her home near Davenport, ND at the age of 77.

Barbara Pearson was born on November 22, 1934, the daughter of Harry and Helen (Shaefer) Pearson in Minot, ND. She grew up in this area and graduated from Des Lacs High School.  After her schooling, Barb moved to Fargo and began working. Barb was united in marriage to Jack Nelson on October 4, 1958. They made their home on a farm near Davenport where they farmed for many years, retiring in 1983. During retirement, Barb kept very busy with many other jobs and hobbies - always willing to help in any way she could. Jack passed away on March 17, 2012.

Barb loved her life on the family farm - especially her cats.  She kept very busy tending her gardens with geraniums and other flowers, and baking for her family, neighbors and many friends. Barb was known for her exceptional pies, her sugar cookies, and many other goodies that were family favorites.

Barb is survived by her three sons, Donald (Kim) Nelson of Moorhead, MN - and their children, Austin and Ben; Larry (Maribeth) Nelson of Grand Forks, ND - and their children, Breah and Bryce; and Dennis (Vicki Thorpe) Nelson of Davenport - and children, Dalton and Payton. Also surviving are her sisters, Phyllis (Bob) Brunelle of Fargo; Marlys (Peter) Koble of Valley City, ND; Audrey (Gary) Phillips of Landsford, ND; and her brother, Douglas (Janey) Pearson of Glenburn, ND; her special aunt, Marge Frank of Minot; several nieces and nephews, and many other very dear relatives.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her brother, Tom Pearson.

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  1. spring lake park MN
    Oh dear Nelson boys and your families-
    I would like you to know how much we enjoyed your Mother and your Dad too. This is sad news, stay strong like they would.
    Mona and John and family

  2. Willmar MN
    Sorry to see the death of Barb, jack and barb will always have a memory for me, May they rest in peace together

  3. Minot ND
    Sorry to read in todays newspaper about the passing of Barbara, I remember the family very well having gone to school with her, Marlys Phyllis and Audrey, also birthday parties and sleep overs at the Pearson home, it has been a long time since those days but brings back a lot of fun memories. May her soul rest in peace. Margaret

  4. Longmont COTo the Nelson Family,

    So sorry to hear the loss of Barb! May you hold her memories close to your hearts.

    Thinking of you all during this time of sadness.

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