Carol Elaine Nelson
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Carol Elaine Nelson, 78, of Springfield, MO, went to be with the Lord on February 27, 2014. She was born in Kansas City, MO on September 21, 1935 to Edward and Fern Woolverton. Carol attended Nevada High School and Wichita State University. She was married to her loving husband and best friend, Larry Nelson, whom she married on August 2, 1952 in Huntsville, AR.
Carol worked for many years as a stock broker, retiring in 1993. She was a very active member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. She also spent much of her time serving others by volunteering for Meals on Wheels, working as a former church deacon, and volunteering in her church office. She was also a Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and a Master Gardner. Carol enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, quilting, sewing, reading, teaching her grandchildren, and enjoying nature. The biggest joys of her life were her roles as a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother to the many family members that love her dearly. She was witty, beautiful, and wise and beloved by many.
Carol was preceded in death by her father, Edward Woolverton; mother, Fern Woolverton; daughter, Debbie Dean; and brother, Tom Woolverton. She is survived by her husband, Larry E. Nelson and two children; Teresa Hahn and husband Mark of Clever and Michael Nelson and wife Laura of Crane. She is also survived by four sisters; Joan Phillips and husband Romie of Moundville; Bonnie Brundridge of Springfield; Connie Jackson and husband Larry of Springfield; Cheryl Smith and husband Jim of Nevada; and one brother; JB Woolverton and wife Bobby of Nevada. Additionally, she is survived by nine grandchildren: Justin Dean, Jeremy Dean, Andrea Dean, Joshua Nelson, Jamie Coin, Carol Watson, Jeffery Nelson, and Christina Hahn and several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Celebration of Life will be held at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. She will be inurned in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Services have been entrusted in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. The funds will be used for much needed repairs on the church's front steps.
Greenlawn Funeral Home South - Springfield
441 West Battlefield Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2014