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Maridell Nelson

September 10, 1926 ~ September 26, 2018 (age 92)

Maridell Nelson, 92 of St. Johns, MI passed away on September 26, 2018 in Durango, Colorado surrounded by her family.  Maridell was born on September 10, 1926 in New York the daughter of Harry and Jessie (Pierce) Goldner.  After her parent's divorce and mother's remarriage, Frank H. Clark honorably stepped into the role and she considers him her "daddy".  Maridell grew up in Lawton, OK and graduated from Lawton High School.  She was married to Albert Nelson, O.D. on March 10, 1946, in Lawton. Maridell worked as a banking Book Keeper to help put him through school.  They moved to St. Johns, MI where they began their family and Dr. Nelson's optometry business.  During this time she was a member and also served as president of the Hospital Auxiliary, member of the American Legion Auxiliary, leader for the Boy and Girl Scouts, and was an active member of the First Congregational Church.  She was also active in the Bridge Club.  The family enjoyed many camping, fishing and hunting outings, and most of all, spending time with the extended family in Cadillac.  The marriage ended in divorce and she remained in St. Johns to continue lovingly raise her children and worked at the Colonial Restaurant and Clinton County News. Later she moved to Lawton, OK to care for her aging parents and be near her many beloved Pierce relatives. While in OK she worked in food services at Taliaferro Mental Health Center where she eventually retired in 1995.  Maridell and her precious companion dog, Bam Bam, moved back to St. Johns in 2006.  There she enjoyed time with her son's (Alan) family, her many friends and volunteering at the Basic Needs Food Bank.  She was especially fond of meeting up with her morning coffee groups.  Most every year she would travel to Colorado to spend time with her daughter, Sandy and family. She was also fortunate enough to travel to Oklahoma many times to visit her daughter, Nancye, granddaughter Heather and their families as well as her many Pierce relatives. Being "Grandma Goggy", she was called by her 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild was the highlight of her life.  She loved her family dearly.  In 2017 after being diagnosed with cancer she moved to Durango to be cared for by her daughter Sandy and family.  Maridell was known as the Postcard Lady while living in Clinton County, Mom to many youth, was instrumental in starting the St. Johns Youth Center, active in the Clinton Capers, avid Bingo player always looking forward to her Bingo Date with her grandson the last two years,  She loved crossword puzzles, playing games and cards and the grandkids remembering her as the Yahtzee champ., collecting angels, vacations in the desert sun with family in Utah and she was one of the friendliest people you would ever meet.

SURVIVORS: She is survived by daughters: Nancye Pumfrey and Sandy (Larry) Turner; Son: Alan (Tami) Nelson; 9 Grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her adolescent brother, Bertram Goldner; grandchildren, PFC Andrew H. Nelson & Sarah Pumfrey.

Funeral services will be held at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.  A luncheon at Pilgrim United Methodist Church will follow the service. Burial will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Friday, October 5, 2018, 6-8 P.M. Memorials may be given to PFC Andrew Nelson Memorial Scholarship  Fund or St. Johns Basic Needs Center.

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