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Dorothy Margaret Maine Nelson

April 27, 1915 May 20, 2012
Dorothy Margaret Maine Nelson
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Dorothy Margaret Maine (Rasmussen) Nelson was born April 27, 1915 at the family farm near Amboy, MN.  She was baptized at age 12 by immersion into the Blue Earth River and was a member of the Basey United Evangelical Church and choir until she joined the Methodist Church in Lakefield.  Dorothy attended public school at Amboy.  On November 22, 1936, Dorothy and James Rasmussen of Morgan were united in marriage by her uncle Rev. H.H. King.  Dorothy and Jim resided in Amboy for one year, moved to Waterville for two years, but in 1939 they moved a final time to Lakefield where they raised their four children together:  Kay (Mike) Dewall of Lakefield; Robert Rasmussen of Hager City, WI; Sandra (Roger) Hartman of Okabena; and David Rasmussen of Winona.  Dorothy and Jim also had an unofficial “adopted son” - Joe (Vicki) Bauman - who although he lives in Broken Arrow, OK has remained a close “family member” throughout Dorothy’s life.  Jim died in 1979 leaving Dorothy a widow at age of 64.
     Dorothy, known to her friends as “Raz”, worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the Lakefield Hospital for over 30 years.  She enjoyed her duties at the hospital and made many life-long friends both through work and various community activities she participated in at Lakefield.  She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, singing in the Methodist Church choir (for 40 years) and spending time with her family and friends.  In 1991, Dorothy was united in marriage to Ernest Nelson of Jackson, MN.  Dorothy and Ernie enjoyed travelling and ballroom dancing as well as spending much of their time with their mutual friends and family.  Dorothy and Ernie resided in their home in Lakefield until 2005 when they moved into the Valley View Assisted Living at Lakefield.  In 2010, they moved to Colonial Manor and resided there until Dorothy’s death on May 20, 2012.
     Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Morna, her brother Darrell, her first husband of 43 years, Jim Rasmussen in 1979, and her second husband of 20 years, Ernie Nelson in 2011.  She is survived by her four children, twelve grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and one stepson, Leon and his family.
     Blessed be Dorothy for she will be missed by all who knew her, but especially by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Lakefield, MN, with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating.  Pall bearers will be Matthew DeWall, Tony DeWall, Darren DeWall, Eric Hartman, Jerad Rasmussen, Lucas DeWall, Lance DeWall and Garret Straub.  Burial will be at a later date in the Lakefield Cemetery.


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