Beverly Jean Nelson

January 22nd, 1932November 5th, 2017

Beverly Jean Nelson passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at Landmark Memory Care in Lafayette, CO on November 5, 2017. She was 85 years old.

     Beverly and her twin sister Barbara were the first twins born at the Mercy Hospital in Valley City, ND. They were born January 22, 1932 to Edward and Helena (Olsberg) Bowman. She was raised in Kathryn, and Valley City, ND, Pine River, MN, Whitehall and Butte, MT, graduating from Valley City College High School. Beverly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from NDSU in Fargo, ND.

     In the fall of 1954, Beverly met the love of her life, Elwood Nelson while they were both teaching high school. The two were married June 1, 1956 in Tower City, ND. Shortly after their wedding, Beverly traveled to Syracuse (NY) University to attend a GE National Science Foundation Fellowship for Science teachers.  She was one of only two women participating in the program. Beverly taught high school science until she had three children at home and returned to teach for a year after her sixth child was born to assist a school district in need.

     From a young age, Beverly knew she wanted to have children (she hoped for twelve!). She and Elwood were blessed with six daughters and two sons, who they raised in west central Minnesota. In the fall of 1985, Beverly moved to Colorado due to her health and Elwood followed.  They kept their Minnesota home and returned there for the summer for many years.

     Beverly enjoyed many things in life. She was an avid reader, the imparter of wisdom to her children,  lover of chocolate, a sport and outdoor enthusiast, and a patient listener. She turned questions into learning opportunities and encouraged her family to approach the world with an open mind. Her children fondly remember listening to her read stories to them. Spending time with her family was a source of joy and happiness for Beverly. Everyone was always welcome at the Nelsons' home.

     Beverly will be remembered for her faith, intelligence, love of the church and selfless nature, putting the needs of others as a first priority.  She always found the good in everyone.

     Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, sister Enid Roxton, brother-in-law Ralph Welken, sister-in-law Vivian Bowman, and nephew Shannon Bowman.

     Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years, Elwood Nelson; children Janelle (Ron) Davis,  Jill (Jerry) Olson,  Jacqueline (Geoff Elliott) Nelson, Meredith (Gary) Nelson-Daniel, Michael Nelson, Michelle (Darrin Johnson) Nelson, Milissa (Chris Stark) Nelson, and Mark (Tiffany) Nelson; grandchildren: Matthew (Anne) Davis, Tim Davis, Molly (Mark) Himmelberg, Raelee Olson, Randa (David) Stone, Chase Elliott, Christopher (Deborah Arthur) Daniel, Matthew (Katherine) Daniel, Erin and Kincaid Daniel, Hannah,  Samuel , and Sonja Johnson, Megan and Cora Stark, Keithen McLean, Ashayla and Xavien Powers, Mararose and Zander Nelson; great-grandchildren: Hunter and William Davis, Nora Himmelberg, James and Helen Harrell, Meaza Abraham, Michael Daniel, and Ragan Daniel. Beverly is also survived by her brother Shannon Duane Bowman, twin sister Barbara Welken, sister-in-law Lois Florhaug, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

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Services will be held Monday, November 13, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado.






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We send out deepest sympathy to Elwood and the entire Nelson family. May your memories hold you close. God's comfort, peace and love surround all of you! Jill and Jerry, Raelee, Helen and Randa, we send our love. Randy and Betty Walters
My sympathy goes out to Nelson children. God bless you all. Also to her husband Elwood. My prayers go out grandchildren. Bev was amazing women. I never forget her. Thanks for being good neighbors when we were growing up. Take care. Love Vicky
Dearest Nelson Family, May God's presence and promise of eternal life in Him comfort you during this time and always. In His Love, Kent Paulson and Family