NELSON, Marva Morris beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away suddenly Saturday, March 8, 2014. She had just celebrated her 95th birthday and was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Alan Millar in Tampa. Marva was born on Feb. 27, 1919, to George Leslie Morris and Myrtle Hawkins Morris in Anoka, MN. She graduated from the School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota in 1938, fulfilling her dream to complete a university degree. Marva worked for a time as a Dental Hygenist before being hired by Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis to develop a training program for Reservation Agents. Always an adventurer, Marva took her first flying lesson in 1943 and soloed a year later. She met the love of her life, Gregg K. Nelson, while she was learning to fly. They were married on Jan. 24, 1950 in Charleston, SC. Marva and Gregg were blessed with three children. In 1966 Marva started a new career in the travel business working for Bishop Travel Agency. Four years later, Gregg and Marva opened their own agency. Gregg Nelson Travel was located at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN and provided excellent service to their customers for many years. After the sale of the agency, and death of Gregg K., Marva and her son, Gregg Jay, opened Genesis Travel in Eden Prairie. Well after her retirement, Marva continued to help former clients arrange their travel. They just kept coming back for her expert advice and sense of adventure. Marva visited 161 countries and developed friendships all over the world. She was kind and loving to everyone who crossed her path and had a deep respect for the diversity of cultures and people in the countries she visited. Marva was a woman of great faith and spiritual strength. She attended church services regularly. While living in Bloomington, she and her family attended St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. In Florida, she was a member of Van Dyke United Methodist Church, attending services and participating in activities. Marva loved her family more than anything else in life. She gave her love unconditionally and provided them with her unwavering support. They will miss her brilliant smile and beautiful spirit that lifted them when they were weary, cheered them on when they needed encouragement, and celebrated with them the good things in their lives. Marva is survived by her three children, Debora Ann Millar (Alan) of Tampa; Gregg Jay Nelson of Denver, CO; and Pamela Rae Jacobsen (Michael), serving an LDS Mission in Auckland, New Zealand;11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, March 22, at Van Dyke Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, FL 33558. Visitation, an hour prior to the service. Flowers may be sent to Van Dyke Church on Friday, March 21st, c/o Sherrie Leatherwood, ATTN: Marva Nelson funeral.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 16, 2014