Dorothy M. Nelson, 95 of Waconia MN formerly of Devils Lake ND passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at New Perspectives.
Dorothy Mae Haugen, daughter of Christ & Anna (Clifton) Haugen, was
born on May 20, 1924, in Maddock, ND. She was a baptized and
confirmed member of North Viking Church in Maddock, ND. In school, she
rose to the top and graduated Valedictorian of her class. In her speech to
the graduating Class of 1942, she addressed patriotism and standing
together - a message still on point today.
In 1946, Dorothy and Irvin eloped to Montana. Most of their married life
was spent at Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve where Irvin was a Game
Warden. Two children, Darryl and Luanne arrived in the years that
followed. Dorothy kept a garden worth envying, and her skills in sewing
and handicrafts like Hardanger were exquisite. She also worked as a
secretary and was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, serving
on the Altar Guild.
After 66 years of marriage, Irvin passed and Dorothy was moved from
Devils Lake, ND to Waconia, MN, to be closer to her son. For the local
extended family and friends in ND, this was a sad change, but this proved
to be a gift to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were able
to share more time together, and Dorothy could take part in many special
During this COVID time, family was not able to be with her during her last
days or moments, but she was with a kind caregiver when she passed at
New Perpectives, her residence, on May 4, 2020.
She is survived by son, Darryl Nelson and his wife, Nancy, of Chaska, MN,
and daughter Luanne, and her husband Duane Erickson of Natchez, MS.;
four grandchildren, Nicole (Chris) Rasmussen of Chaska, MN, Brady
(Amanda) Nelson of Denver, CO and Nicholas (Stephanie) Erickson of New Prague, MN and Adam Erickson (Amanda) of Fargo, ND; eight greatgrandchildren, Christopher, Lauren, Anna, Catherine, and Jayden, Maura, Morgan, and Devin; sister-in-law Dorothy Nelson of Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Irvin, her parents, and sister
Mildred and brothers, Leslie, Marvin, and Milton.
Memorials to your local food shelf would be greatly appreciated