Gettysburg, SD

Harriet Alice Nelson

nelsonIMG_20140128_110330_501-1Harriet Alice Nelson, 88, of Houston, TX, died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Tomball Nursing Center in Houston, where she had lived for the past month. Harriet is survived by her daughter Angela Nix, her caregiver for the past 18 months; daughter Carol Nelson of Peterborough, NH; daughter Debby Bouchie and husband Crayton of Pierre, SD; daughter Georgia Hanson and husband Phil of Sioux Falls, SD; grandson Ryan Nix and granddaughter Ashley Nix, both of Houston; granddaughter Lindy Geraets of Pierre; grandson Logan Bouchie of Westminster, CO; granddaughter Heather Bouchie of Sioux Falls; granddaughter Andrea Thompson of Springfield, VA; grandson Peter Thompson of Sioux Falls; great-grandsons Hunter and Jackson Thompson of Sioux Falls; great-granddaughter Daizy Bouchie and great-grandson Diesel Bouchie of Denver, CO.; and Dean Nelson and his wife Liza of Las Vegas, NV.
Harriet was born and raised in Gettysburg, SD, daughter of Lillian (Marquardt) and George Adams. She married Dean Nelson of Onida, SD, in 1945 and lived with him on the Nelson Family Farm in Sully County, raising their family and cooking many meals for hired hands, including their dear friend, Matt Glanzer. She taught Sunday school at the Presbyterian Church in Onida, and was a member of the SD Federation of Republican Women, often traveling to RNC conventions.
In 1975, Harriet and her partner Marvin Nelson, and daughter Carol, moved to Gaithersburg, MD, and lived there for over 12 years. Harriet was an avid stitcher, always making elaborate tea towels, pillowcases, and Christmas ornaments for loved ones. She was also well known for her gift of baking, which she inherited from her mother, who once owned a cafe in Gettysburg. She loved sharing her baked goods with friends. She also enjoyed reading and was a big fan of old movies, playing cards, and bird-watching. Harriet will be truly missed by those who knew her.
Harriet is preceded in death by her siblings, Jeanette Westphal, Verdalle Hinds, Bud Adams, and Grant Adams, sons Matthew, Scott, and Lamar Nelson, and partner Marvin Nelson.
Arrangements by Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston, TX, 77065.

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