Reta K. Nelson

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Reta Kathleen Nelson, 91, passed away peacefully December 13, 2022 at her residence in Valley City ND with her loving family by her side.

Reta was born August 27, 1931 in Inkster, ND to Robert and Alice (Muir) McConnachie. She was raised in Inkster graduating from Inkster High School in 1949. She continued her education with one year at Jamestown College and then became a life long Bison fan graduating from NDSU in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. After college, Reta was a Home Economics teacher for one year at Tower City, ND.

Reta was united in marriage to Gordon Nelson on December 20, 1953 in Inkster. They started their life together in Fargo, moving later to Towner, Jamestown, Minot, back to Fargo, and then Austin, MN. Gordon passed away in 2018 and Reta moved to Valley City in 2021. Along that journey, they raised four children.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, KD-Kappa Delta, Homemakers (Minot), and Church Circle (Fargo). She enjoyed traveling, camping, and cooking for her family. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.

Reta is survived by her children, Craig (Jane) Nelson of Lake Metigoshe, ND, Vickie (Rick) Wiedeman of Valley City, David (Lauria) Nelson of Sumter, SC, and Lori (Brent) Brehmer of Marcell, MN; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years; her parents; and one sister.


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  1. I enjoyed getting to know Reta at Bridgeview Estates in Valley City. Reta was my morning sunshine. Always a very happy lady. I could joke with her and we laughed together. I will deeply miss you Reta. You were my high light of the day along with Vic and Lori. My heart goes out to you and your family! 💖💖

  2. RIP my dear long time friend. I worked with Reta at Ellison’s Dept. Store in the children’s dept. back in the 70’s. Gordon would bring her to work and pick her up . We would enjoy each other’s company and talk away our shift while folding clothes ! I remember when she first started she was going to work long enough to get new drapes in the living room. I don’t know if she ever got the drapes ! I have so many good memories of our work days at Ellison’s. My thought’s and prayers are with her family . Nancy Jundt

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