Nona Nelson

A celebration of life service will take place this summer at the Dovre Lutheran Church in Osnabrock for Nona Nelson, 94 of Osnabrock.

Nona Nelson Photo

Posted on 1/16/15

She died December 24, 2014 at the Osnabrock Community Living Center.

Nona Nelson was born Nona Kristin Kristjanson in Mountain on November 3, 1920 to her parents Aldis and Kristjan Kristjanson. She was of Icelandic heritage. After high school graduation in Garder, she studied and then worked as a hairdresser in Grafton. She met Harley Nelson at a dance in Milton and they were married on November 30, 1944 in a triple wedding ceremony in Mountain. Her brother Steve married Ingibjorg “Baby” Hallgrimson and her cousin Emily married Kristin Gudmunson. Nona and Harley lived on a grain farm in Osnabrock from 1944 through 1975 when they retired from farming and moved to Las Vegas, Nev.She started her career as an artist in Osnabrock and continued her study after she moved to Las Vegas. She has several paintings in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. She served on the Board of the Las Vegas Art Museum, volunteered for receptionist work there and served as Docent for the Suitcase Gallery. She was a member of the Nevada Water Color Society and the National League of American Pen Women. She had her work accepted in many juried shows in Las Vegas and she won a National Water Color Society competition in the 1980’s, and this painting then hung in the Sumner Museum in Washington, D.C. for a year. She was innovative and enjoyed working in oils, acrylics, collage, and watercolors. Prior to beginning her painting career, she sewed, crocheted, knitted and could be found cutting up tin cans to make the most beautiful starburst wall decorations you could imagine. Her family and friends fondly remember her great pies, and how she could burn a roast to glorious perfection!!! Her microwave fudge with whole peanuts is legendary. After Harley died, she lived with daughter, Connie, in Colorado Springs and after a few years felt it was time to go ‘home’– back to North Dakota – and live in the Osnabrock Community Living Center. She was very happy in the Center and deeply enjoyed the companionship of the residents and the loving care of all the staff.

The family extends its warmest thanks to the staff of the Osnabrock Community Living Center (Debbie Jonasson, Evanna Magnus, Tristan Magnus, Lisa Feil, Brittany Howard, Bonnie Christianson, Maureen Smith, Jean Wilhelmi, Stacey Welsh and Kenneth Nelson) for the love and care they have given Mom.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to send a donation to the Osnabrock Community Living Center.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Harley who passed on December 23, 2002; parents, her brothers, John, Steve, Douglas and Ronald, and sisters, Doris, Elizabeth and Judy.

She is survived by four children, Barbara Taylor of Monument, Colo., and Connie Castro of Colorado Springs Colo., and Peggy Sholy and Harley Bradley Nelson, both of Las Vegas, Nev. She is blessed with eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Her sister, Amy “Penny” Northfield and brother Donald, live in Seattle.