Lucille M. "Lu" Nelson, 86, passed from this life on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA. In agreement with Lu's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. The family will greet friends at a celebration of Lu's life from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, at Iles Funeral Homes - Brandt Chapel in Woodward. Private committal services will take place at a later date.
Lu was born on June 1, 1924 in Moran, Iowa, to Marco and Mary (Pavlak) Blazanin. On December 20, 1946, Lu married Raymond Paul Nelson in Atchison, KS. They made their home in Woodward, where Lu was a member of the former St. Ann's Catholic Church, the Senior Center, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Woodward Golf Course which she managed for several years. Lu was a very competitive bowler and golfer; and a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan.
She is survived by her two sons, Tom Nelson and Jerry (Sandy) Nelson both of Woodward; one daughter, Cindy Nelson of Des Moines; sister, Helen (Bob) Aarons of Madrid; sister-in-law, Ardith Blazanin of Perry; four grandchildren, Chris (Jill) Newland, Stacey (Rich) Thorpe, Marco Nelson-Grimes and Toby Nelson-Grimes; three great-grandchildren, Lilli and Jackson Newland and Samantha Thorpe; and a host of many extended family members and friends. Lu was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and one brother, Mark Blazanin.
In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made to either the Woodward Fire and Rescue or the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
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