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Elaine R. Nelson

April 19, 1920 - June 14, 2009

SPICER -- Elaine Ruth Nelson, 89, of Northfield, formerly of Fairfax and Spicer, died Sunday in Northfield.

The service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

She was born April 19, 1920, in Fairfax to John and Ann (Evenson) Loftness. She attended elementary school in Gibbon and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1936. She attended St. Olaf College for two years, transferred to the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in medical technology. She worked as a laboratory technologist at hospitals in St. Peter and Duluth.

She married Glenn Nelson on Sept. 6, 1942. In 1946, they moved to Fairfax where Glenn established his medical practice. In 1968, they moved to Redwood Falls until 1983 when the couple retired to the family lake home on Green Lake in Spicer. They moved to Millstream Commons in Northfield in 2006. Since July, she has lived at Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center.

She served on the Fairfax School Board, was a member of Belle Lettres Study Club and chaired the United Way campaign in Redwood Falls. She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, Stephen minister, member and president of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Council and served on the board of Green Lake Bible Camp.

She is survived by seven children: Greg (and Wendie) of Tucson, Ariz., James (and Mary) of Duluth, Dennis (and Marybeth) of Redwood Falls, Lee (and Bonnie) of Scandia, Kris Nelson (and Mike Ross) of St. Cloud, Ann (and Barry) Jones of Roseville and Susan (and Judd) Lohmann of Northfield; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.