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Violet Cordoza Nelson


1915 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Violet Cordoza Nelson Obituary
Aug. 27, 1915 - Dec. 18, 2017 Woodland Violet Cordoza Nelson passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Dec. 18 at the age of 102. Violet was born to Antone and Elizabeth Cordoza on Aug. 27, 1915 in Woodland, where she would reside her entire life. She graduated from Woodland HS in 1934. In 1938 she married the love of her life, Keith Nelson and had one child, Bryan, who was born in 1946. Violet rode the Northern Electric train to Sacramento where she worked for the DMV for 10 years. She was an active member of the Bella Donna Investment Club, PTA, Town and Country Club, Mr. and Mrs. Dance Club and the Boys and Girls Scout Club. As a small child, Violet and her mother had a small role in the filming of the Steamboat movie. Violet enjoyed needlepoint, crossword puzzles, creating sea shell picture frames for friends and loved ones, and playing the piano and organ. After the death of her husband, Violet enjoyed daily lunch dates with her son, and occasional visits to Cache Creek Casino. Up until the age of 100, Violet enjoyed being in the kitchen preparing rocky road candy, and minestrone soup for her loved ones. Violet loved Hawaii and spent 23 years flying back and forth with her husband and son, visiting their beachfront home in Punaluu. She was well know in the community and personally met Elvis Presley and Tom Selleck. she also enjoyed making memories in their home in Lake Tahoe and Lake Shasta. Violet was predeceased by her husband, Keith; son, Bryan; sister, Lillian Meng; brothers, Will and Edwin Cordoza. Survivors include Elizabeth Haga (Petrus); sister-in-law, Edith Cordoza, and many nephews and nieces. Services will be Friday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m., at Kraft Brothers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the in memory of Violet.
Published in Daily Democrat from Jan. 14 to Jan. 19, 2018
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