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Margaret "Peg" Nelson

Margaret “Peg” Nelson

Pine River

Margaret “Peg” Nelson passed away on July 9, 2013, at the age of 106 years and 7 1/2 months. She was born on a farm in Redwood Falls, Minn., on Nov. 27, 1906.

Peg graduated from Redwood Falls High School and attended one year of business school. She married Carl “Taxi” Nelson of Boyd, Minn., in 1926. Peg and Taxi had one son, Charles, born Nov. 11, 1936.

Shortly after the depression hit and the business they started failed, she had to live with her parents while Taxi had to find part-time work. This struggle made her a “saver of anything that might come in handy later.”

Resourceful, strong and resilient, she survived the loss of her husband in 1970. Peg continued to live in Boyd until her nineties when she moved into the Riverside Villas in Pine River to be closer to her son. She moved into the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in 2011. To the very end of her life her mind was quick and witty. Peg loved living at the “Good Sam” nursing home where she loved the people and they loved her. She loved playing cards and continued to play bingo until a week before her death. Peg died of complications of pneumonia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, brother and husband. Peg is survived by her son, Charles (Shirley); three grandchildren: Kirsten Demars, Karl (Alyson) Nelson, Eric (Sara) Nelson; step granddaughter, Jill Handley; and 12 great-grandchildren: Blake Demars, Morgan Demars, Alex Nelson, Kyle Nelson, Kallie Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Kamryn Nelson, Cade Nelson, Heath Nelson, Mary Ellen Handley, Sarah Ruth Handley and Thomas Handley.

Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial was in Nelson Memorial, Hackensack.

Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.