Ruth Elizabeth Nelson
January 8, 1917  -  March 12, 2018

Ruth Elizabeth Nelson

Potts Chapel
107 North State
Caney, KS  67333
Thursday, March 15, 2018
12-8pm, family 6:30-7:30pm
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Trinity Lutheran church
108 North Bradley Street
Caney, KS  67333
Friday, March 16, 2018
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Trinity Luthern Cemetery
Caney, KS  67333

Trinity Lutheran Church
108 North Bradely Street
Caney, KS  67333

Ruth Elizabeth Nelson, age 101 of Caney, Kansas passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Guest Home Estates.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Pastor Jonathan Schultz in Caney, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of the Potts Chapel.

Visitation hours will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018 with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Potts Chapel in Caney.

The family has suggested memorials to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Caney, Kansas and contributions may be left at the Potts Chapel.

Ruth was born January 8, 1917 in North Dakota to Thomas and Marie (Olson) Hansen. She born in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended schools in Minnesota. She worked on a farm in Minnesota. On March 20, 1937 Ruth married Alvie Charles Nelson in Hector, Minnesota. The couple made their home in Hector doing farming before moving to several states with Alvie being in the construction business. The couple moved to Caney in 1978. Alvie preceded her in death.

Ruth was a homemaker and loved to watch daytime court TV, and Gunsmoke, and then have a large chunk of time spent reading her devotionals and going through a prayer list of every person known to her. She loved to go to garage/yard sales to look for jewelry and then scavenge up and down the aisles at the grocery store. She always had her hair and nails done just right, complimented by rings and earrings to boot. Ruth loved crossword puzzles, always had pop and candy for grandkids and yell lovingly at her Tracy bird when he screeched.

Survivors include five sons Ted Nelson of Wisconsin, Tim and wife Jan Nelson of Australia, Tom and wife Carolyn Nelson of Caney, Terry and wife Ann Nelson of Bartlesville, and Tony and wife Rhonda Nelson of Bartlesville. She was preceded in death by one daughter Julie Marie Nelson and one daughter in law Karen Nelson. Grandchildren Sherry (Eddie Carswell, Cara Alston, Elizabeth (Mark) Anderson, Tim (Natasha) Nelson Jr., Tammy Nelson, Michele (Bob) Robinson, Tom (Anissa) Nelson Jr., Kristi (Craig) Rucker, Kim (Kevin) McIntosh, Stephen Nelson, Julie (Rob) McCune, and Jennifer Nelson; great grandchildren Natalie Longrie, Lauren Longrie Robinson, Zack Robinson, Ashley Webster, Logan Bevis, Liam & Ryan Anderson, Josh (Joyce) Carswell, Ethan, Felicity, and Decan Nelson, Phillip & Desiree Nelson, Tanner & Kolbi McIntosh, Kendall (Wyatt) Turney, Addie, Thatcher and Jasper Lackey, Quinn & Will McCune.


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  1. Judy Topping
    Bartlesville, OK

    My heart aches for the loss of this beautiful lady. Although we weren't related by blood, I loved here dearly and loved her as my sister in Christ. She was a hoot to talk to and always had a funny story to tell me. Heaven gained an angel and they better keep on their toes or she will straighten them out. Prayers for you all. Love and may God wrap His loving arms around each one of you with peace, strength and comfort. Judy Topping, LPN

  2. Mike and Joy Skucius
    Hector, MN

    Dear Friends, You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Ruth. So many memories of her It has been nice to reminisce about her time in Hector. Check the FB "Hector Historical Center" site for more condolences from friends.

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