On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, Marion Louise (Cory) Nelson, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 97. She was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Fargo, N.D., to Joseph and Ruth Cory.
Marion married Quentin Nelson of Fargo, N.D., Sept. 27, 1940. She raised two children, Roger Kermit and Constance Ruth, and was a faithful military wife for 24 plus years. During World Word II, Marion worked in an ammunition plant in Hastings, Neb. She was included in the “Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front” Display in Richmond, Calif.
In 1962, Marion and Quentin's used the G.I. Bill to purchase their first farm in Yelm, Wash., and in 1965, they settled on a 90 acre ranch on Bald Hills Road where they operated “Nelson's Riding Stables”. Marion was on the Yelm School Board from 1979 to 1988. She was a strong advocate for art education and was honored by the National School Program with the Intergenerational Volunteer Award. She was a lifelong artist and loved to travel. She opened Marion's Art Studio to focus on her painting and to teach art. Once she retired Marion became a full time traveler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin V. Nelson (1982); son, Roger Kermit Nelson (1983); and her daughter, Constance Ruth Romani (2016).
She is survived by seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Donald Romani, Joseph Romani (his children, Jacob and Jane), Rick Romani (his wife, Zandi and their children, Rick Jr. and Robert) Corrie Nelson-Schibig (her husband, Steven and their children, Nathan and Kyle, John Nelson (his children JR, Brady and Sarah) Daniel Nelson (his children, Joshua and Justin) and Mark Nelson (his wife, Beverly and his son, Quentin).
A memorial was held at the Yelm Cemetery Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at 10 a.m., and it was followed by a pie social at the Yelm Moose Lodge, 1117 W. Yelm Ave.