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Joan M. Nelson Obituary
Joan M. Nelson
82, of Peoria Heights, IL, died on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. at Washington Christian Village in Washington, IL, surrounded by her friends.
She was born May 14, 1930, in Pomona, CA, to Stewart and Marie (Marcott) Nelson.
She is survived by two brothers, William and Jerry Nelson, both of California; and her dear friends Gary and Sheri Brown, Jenniffer and John Post, and Jason Brown. She was preceded in death by her brother, Rick.
Joan worked as a general foreman for Caterpillar for 33 years. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Peoria Heights, IL. Joan played Softball with the CAT Diesellettes and Pekin Lettes from 1950 to 1966. She was inducted into the State of Illinois Sports Hall of Fame in 1973. She was also inducted into the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 individually, and in 2005 as part of the 1965 Pekin Lettes softball team. Joan is in the top 10 in many categories for women's softball, including home runs and hits.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at Pomona Valley Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Central College Women's Softball Scholarship Fund. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Mar. 7, 2013
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