Nelson, Helen Muriel Ross age 92 of Minneapolis, and for the last year a resident of Edina, died Sept 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by husband Elmer “Bud” Nelson, sister Jean Shrock, and brother Milton Ross. Survived by her sister Doris Walsh of St John’s Newfoundland, her children Peggy Hintzman (Dave), JoAnne Bates (Tom), and Craig Nelson (Shari); her grandchildren Mark Edstrom (Amy Knox), Maria Edstrom (Rob Kosar), Sarah Winter (Dietrich), Luke Bates (Sarah), Alex and Eric Nelson; and her great grandchildren, Maya and Sean Edstrom, Khan, Anwen, Aedea, and Kaia Winter, Levi, Aaron, and Joshua Bates, and Natalie Kosar. 18 direct descendants thus far.
She was born Sept 14, 1921 in St John’s Newfoundland, just about 1 year after the family lost her older sibling, Edith May Ross at age 6. She felt especially loved being born so soon after that loss. Helen grew up on a dairy farm overlooking Quidi Vidi Lake, on the out skirts of St John’s. Helen graduated from Memorial University College in St John’s, after one year of teacher’s training. In St John’s, she taught school for 4 years. Some of their farm became Fort Pepperrell, a training base for American forces heading to World War II.
It was in St John’s, where she met and married Bud in 1943. Helen moved to live with Bud’s family in the USA. She came alone to Northern Minnesota, Bud’s family meeting her for the first time at the bus station. Helen lived with them for 3 months before joining Bud, and they lived first in Durham, N.C. and then Columbus, GA. After that his army unit was sent to Europe. She then lived with her sister Jean in PA.
Upon Bud’s discharge, they lived in Minneapolis, and they made a home for themselves at 5713 Upton Ave So. Helen was a British citizen until she became an American citizen, as one of the first war brides to do so in Minneapolis, on August 28, 1946. Peggy, JoAnne and Craig were born in Minneapolis, in 1947, 1952 and 1955. Her love of children and teaching led her to start Lamb-Kin Play Group, in March of 1969. She enjoyed the kids there for 27 years, and retired at age 75. Helen loved music, singing and poetry. She loved nature and spent many days enjoying their A-frame cabin in Cedar Valley in northern Minnesota.
Helen traveled to most of the countries of Europe, to New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Russia, the Holy Lands, Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. Over the years she also made many trips to St John’s Newfoundland. The most recent trip was this past August. In her later years she was an advocate of exercise, and exercised 5 days a week at the YMCA.
Last year she moved to 7500 York, after 62 years at 5713 Upton. At 7500 York, she was diligent about meeting people, learning their names and listening to their stories. Celebration of her life will be Sat., Sept. 28 at 2 PM, Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 5540 Penn Ave. So., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Fellowship time with refreshments will follow. Private interment Cedar Valley Cemetery in northern MN. Memorials toELCA World Hunger.
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