Nelson, Evelyn (Bengtson) (1915-2008)

Evelyn Nelson, 93, of Warren, MN, formerly of Stephen, MN and Argyle, MN, passed away on Thursday morning, July 3, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Center in Warren with her children by her side.

Evelyn Bengtson was born on April 8, 1915 to Charles and Nora (Branvold) Bengtson in St. Hilaire, MN. Evelyn was the 6th child of 8 Bengtson children.

Evelyn grew up on the farm, attended country school and graduated from St. Hilaire High School in 1933. She worked in the Hartz grocery stores in St. Hilaire and Thief River Falls. Later, Evelyn worked for the LB Hartz warehouse as a billing/order clerk for 11 years at Thief River Falls.

In 1952, she met a farmer from Stephen at a dance at the TRF Eagles Club. Russel Nelson courted Evelyn and they were married on August 28, 1953 in East Grand Forks, MN. She moved to Stephen where Evelyn began her new career as a homemaker. The couple had two children; Jeffrey Charles, born in 1955 and Tammy Jo, born in 1959.

Evelyn was active in her church, First Lutheran of Stephen. She taught Sunday School for many years, and enjoyed working with her Circle groups and Ladies Aid. Evelyn was an accomplished seamstress, she sewed clothes for her children and many quilts. She enjoyed cooking, baking and reading recipes, she had an extensive collection of cookbooks.

The couple continued to live in Stephen until 1995, when they moved to Argyle due to Evelyn’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In June 1998, Evelyn moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Warren. Russel passed away on Feb. 4, 2002.

Evelyn was always a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Jeff (Jami) Nelson of Stephen, MN and Tammy (Craig) Sundby of Argyle, MN. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, Gannon and Moriah Nelson, Austin and Jacob Sundby. One sister, Gladys Turney of East Grand Forks, MN and one sister-in-law, Joyce Merdink of Stephen, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two grandsons, Blake and Jordan Sundby. Three sisters, Ethel Rux, Alice Rux and Stella Erickson, and three brothers, Clarence, Melvin and Norval Bengtson.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Stephen cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky