Adele D. Nelson (87) of Watson


Published on August 14 2012 3:37 pm

Adele D. Nelson, 87, of Watson, IL, went to be with the Lord and her husband, Harold, at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2012, at Watson Baptist Church, Watson, with the Rev. Kent Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Watson Cemetery, Watson. Visitation will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham. 

Memorials may be made to Watson Baptist Church or American Cancer Society.

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Adele was born on July 15, 1925, in Cornland, IL, the daughter of William Robert and Ada Frances (Danks) Bell. She married Harold R. Nelson on April 28, 1946, in Williamsville, IL. He preceded her in death on November 8, 1977.

Adele was affiliated with the Watson Christian Church in her earlier years. She was a member of the Mason Christian Church and she was affiliated with the Watson Baptist Church as their musician. She was the Watson Postmaster from 1965 until her retirement in 1990. During World War II, Adele worked at Elwood Ordinance in Kankakee, making 105mm howitzer shells.

Adele enjoyed gardening, crocheting rugs, and bird watching, especially when she saw the first hummingbird of the season. She was an avid quilter and took over the quilt making process from her mother. Adele cherished the many friends that she had. Adele loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Adele is survived by her children, Charles (Patty) Nelson of Payneville, KY, Galen (Donna) Nelson of Salem, IN, Sylva Nelson of Watson, Sandra (Bill) Shelton of Watson, and Sheila (Jeremy) Richardson of Watson; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; son-in-law, Allen Nelson; grandson, Brice Holden; great-granddaughter, Jadyn Nelson; sister, Eva Evans; and brothers, Klyne Bell, Elvis Bell, Darrell Bell, and Glenn Bell.