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Betty Nelson

May 14, 2019

Betty Ann Nelson, age 89, of Viroqua, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital. She was born February 20, 1930, in Readstown to Leonard and Caroline (Nicholson) Adams. Betty attended school in Readstown, Wisconsin, and graduated High School in 1948.  On December 5, 1948, Betty married the love of her life, Archie Nelson, Jr.  They spent 48 years together. Archie passed away August 18, 1996.   Betty loved her family and worked at home raising their children and helping Archie while farming for many years.  In 1971 they moved to Viroqua and Betty worked over 20 years in the dietary department at the Bethel Home. Betty was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and ELCA Circle.  She loved spending time with her children and many grandchildren. Her family loved her baking skills of her homemade bread and many boasted about her "wonderful apple pies".  She always raised a bountiful vegetable garden for preserving and feeding her family.  She also loved planting and tending her flowers and had a special love of roses and gladiolas.  

Betty is survived by her children: Gary (Deanna) Nelson, Janelle (Rodney) Olson, Francee Ostrem, Lori (Dan) Meske, Mary (Scott) Larson, one son-in-law Kenneth Schye. Twenty Grandchildren: Tonya (Jason) Rood, Dawn (Scott) Frederick, Andrew (Audra) Nelson, Jesse (Megan ) Nelson, Garrett (Jennifer) Nelson;  Scott (Stacy) Volden, Brian (Christina) Volden, Cory Volden, Marsha (Scot) Everson, Wendy (Justin) Ray; Heather Miles, Heidi Ostrem, Kristine (Brandon Hall) Ostrem; Angela (Brian) Anderson, Nicole Kviz, Konnor (Brandon) Dutton, Josh Meske;  Brandon Larson, Derek Larson;  Erica Resech. Forty-two  Great Grandchildren: Christopher (Jillisa), Liam, Noah, Emma, Quentin, Evan; Aryanna, Nichelle (Jeremiah), Camryn, Michael, Alissa, Grace, Xander, DeMoria, Kayla; Scott (Jessica), Samuel, Michael, Johnathan, Elijah, Taylor (Derek), Kaylee, Erica, Justin, Troy, Luke, Reed, Ryley; Tucker, Elizabeth, Matthew, Benjamin, Landon; Gabriel, Ethan, Gavin, Brianna, Theron, Mason, Havenlee, Nova Leigh, William. Two Great Great Grandchildren Hadley and Autumn; a sister Bonnie Sheldon; sister-in-law Lois (James) Harris; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Susan Schye, son-in-law Kenneth Ostrem, her parents, brother Bill Adams, Mother and Father -in-law Archie and Francis Nelson, sisters-in-law Pauline (Alan) Ballwahn, and Carolyn Hill.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 20th at 2 p.m. at Thorson Funeral Home with Pastor Yvonne Marshall officiating. Burial will take place in the Viroqua Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be left at

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