Sara Nelson

Obituary Condolences

Sara Nelson
Resident of Castro Valley
Sara "Sally" Anne Plouf Nelson, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on November 7, 2013.
Her adventuresome, fun-loving and caring spirit has touched her family, friends and the community. She will be remembered for her supportive interest in people and her unconditional love.
Sally was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 13, 1931. She spent most of her childhood and teenage years in Winner, South Dakota, excelling in school and sports, singing and acting in plays, and playing the trombone in the high school marching band.
In 1953, Sally received a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Rosary College (Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois near Chicago, before she married her husband of 60 years, George F. Nelson, of Milbank, South Dakota. She continued her pursuit of higher education many years later studying French and completing a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1981 at California State University, Hayward.
Sally's enjoyment of life included world-wide travel, tennis, yoga, bridge, dancing, autobiographical writing, attending the opera and symphony, singing in the church choir and gathering with family and friends at Pajaro Dunes on Monterey Bay. She dedicated many years of her life to community service and religious education.
Sally is survived by her husband George F. Nelson, sisters Bea Schadle and Mari Plouf, brother Thomas Plouf, daughters Catherine (Henry) Nakayama, Anne Nelson Zahner, Mary Clare (Thomas) Ovalle, Bernadette (Mark) Smith, son John (Wendy) Nelson, and sixteen grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to Church of the Transfiguration, 4000 E Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94552 for Visitation after 5:30PM and Rosary Vigil Service at 7:00PM both on Friday, November 15, 2013 and to the Funeral Mass on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 1:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Literacy Plus Council, 835 C St., Hayward, CA, 94541.


Published in Inside Bay Area on Nov. 12, 2013
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