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Dorothy M. Nelson (Haugen)

May 20, 1924 — May 4, 2020

Dorothy M. Nelson (Haugen)

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

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