Soldotna resident Isabelle Nelson died Thursday, March 17, 2005, surrounded by family at Heritage Place. She was 88.
Born May 10, 1916, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, she was a four-year cheerleader for Redford High School in Detroit. She met Wilbur Nelson in Detroit and they were married in 1939. Together they raised two sons, John and Raymond. She lived much of her life in Michigan, particularly enjoying time spent on the shores of Lake Michigan. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1966.
Known to many as "Izzy," she enjoyed serving others, her church, knitting, crocheting, baking and gardening. In the mid-1980s, she and her husband moved to Texas to be near family. After her husband died, she busied herself crocheting hats for the newborn babies of an area hospital. She relocated to Alaska with her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Nancy Nelson, in 1996, where she faced a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with grace.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; brother, Raymond N. Porter sister, Winifred Ayres; and son, Raymond Porter Nelson.
Mrs. Nelson is survived by son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy Nelson of Soldotna; daughter-in-law, Jane Nelson of East Wenatchee, Wash.; brothers, Gerald and Archie Porter, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren, Wilbur Nelson and family of Soldotna, John Nelson and family of Brooke, Va., Belle Merritt and family of Wasilla, Art Nelson and family of Mountain Home, Idaho, Mary Shaw and family, of Mountain Home, and Elizabeth Nelson of Redmond, Calif.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Heritage Place, 232 Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel of Kenai.
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