Ethel O. Nelson, 85, of Jennings, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2004, at her home following a brief illness. She was born August 9, 1919 to the late Agnes and William Matzke. Nelson moved to the Jennings area in 1996 from Brooksville, FL. She was a retired hairdresser and was a member of the Valdosta Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert Nelson, Jennings; three sons: Donald C. Nelson, Anchorage, Alaska, James R. Nelson, Newark, New Jersey, and Roger A. Nelson, Blowing Rock, North Carolina; one daughter, Nancy M. Wiegand, Jennings; two brothers: Willard Matzke, Lake Elmo, Minnesota, and Bill Matzke, Crookston, Minnesota; three sisters: Pearl Kelly, Billings, Montana, June Krebs, Woodruff, Wisconsin, and Mae Bangert, Cottage Grove, Minnesota; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 28 in the chapel of Harry T. Reid Funeral Home with Reverend Richard Pieplow officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church (Organ Fund), 500 Baytree Rd., Valdosta, Georgia 31602.

Harry T. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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