DORA I. (nee. PAXSON) NELSON, 85, of Sarasota, Fla., died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, with her son and daughter in attendance and supported by Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) hospice staff. "Loving wife and mother, Dora will be greatly missed by her family and friends." Born Nov. 11, 1927, in Pennville, Ind, she was raised on the Paxson family farm. She graduated from Elkhart Business College, where she met future husband, Jim, a World War II Navy veteran and the love of her life. They moved to Sarasota, Fla., from Nappanee, Ind. in 1978 and had a wonderful time in retirement, making their home there with great friends. They enjoyed golf, a pastime that Dora continued after Jim's too soon passing in 1993. She had several holes-in-one. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota. Survivors include son, Jim Nelson of Sarasota; daughter, Deb (Phil) Solbrig; grandson, Brian of Seattle, Wash.; family in Indiana includes "chosen" sister, Olive Paxson; brother, Kenneth "Dale" (Sue) Paxson; and sister-in-law, Ella Mae Kruse. She was preceded in death by beloved daughter, Sandy. "We are grateful for the support of our family and her dear friends in Sarasota, particularly Nita, and the kindness and care of SMH and Heartland North staff these past several months." Funeral service is 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, with calling one hour prior. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231; or any organization of donor's choice. www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 21, 2012