Mildred “Milly” Nelson, 97, most recently of Belmond and formerly of Goldfield, died June 8, 2021 at Iowa Specialty Hospital -Clarion with her family at her side. Services were held June 14 at St,. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Belmond. Burial was in the Goldfield Cemetery.
Mildred Plunkett, daughter of J.H. John Henry and Pauline (Kautzky) Plunkett, was born June 26, 1923 at Fort Dodge. The family lived in Eagle Grove, and she attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School. Millie attended Eagle Grove High School where she was active in choir and named band queen. She loved her tap dancing lessons and was quite good. Millie was proud of the beautiful clothes her mother made her. Losing her father to pneumonia during her high school years was hard for the family, but her mother provided for the family with her sewing.
Meeting Doug Nelson, a handsome Goldfield boy, while attending junior college changed her life. They married and had seven children, her greatest joy she always said. She was a busy mom, being active in all the kids’ school affairs. Millie was a member of the Sew-So Club, Bayview Club and Memory Lane, and had many friends in Goldfield. She enjoyed her homes at Lake Cornelia and winters in Gulf Shores, AL.
A big move came in 2010 the couple sold their home in Goldfield and moved to Belmond. Doug died in 2013, and Millie continued to live in Belmond where she enjoyed neighbors and friends.
At age 90 she took a bus tour to Savannah, GA with her daughters. She was thrilled to be able to go. After two major surgeries, her health began to decline. Losing her sight was devastating, but she continued to live at home and had a very positive attitude. Her strength finally gave out, and she entered hospice care after a fall at home. She held on for five days until she heard all seven children give her permission to go to God.
She will be remembered as a loving mother; her family was the light of her life. She could throw together a homemade chocolate cake in her sleep, and she made delicious pies. She sewed for us, cut our hair, taught us to drive, counseled and consoled us, and always took us to church and catechism class. In all our minds, she was a “Mother Like No Other.”
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Earl "Doug" Nelson (April 7, 2013); and her siblings Margaret Bamsey, Marian Cates, Dorothy Carson and John Plunkett.
Those left to cherish her memory and legacy include her children Kathleen Nelson of Belmond, Michael (Kaaren) Nelson of Bettendorf, Susan (Dan) Girard of Belmond, Thomas (Rick Goodhead) Nelson of Tulsa, OK, Geoffrey (Barb) Nelson of Bettendorf, Gregory (Cathy) Nelson of Davenport, and Scott (Monica) Nelson of Davenport; grandchildren Kara Nelson, Dana (Justin) Holstein, Chad (Meredith) Lenning, Matthew (Barbara) Lenning, Melissa (Tim) Slapnicher, Mark (Stacy) Lenning, Collin Nelson, Seth Nelson, Blake Nelson and Brett Nelson; and great-grandchildren Kailey, Bryce and Zane Vitt, Jacob and Olivia Holstein, Malia, Micah and Amara Slapnicher, Carter and Grant Lenning, Elizabeth and Natalee Lenning, and Dylan and Ellie Lenning.