Madeline Nelson

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1929 - 2014

WILLAMINA - She was born in Jamestown, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Pappy) Nelson in 1992, they had been married since August 5, 1954. She was also preceded death by her parents Thelma Jane (VanScoyk) and Archie Leon Smith along with brothers Bud and Bob Smith, sister Donna Russ.

Madeline is survived by her and John's seven children: Richard Ray, Anita (Nelson) Jones, Carolyn (Nelson) Sherrell, Dale, Darrel, Doug Roberts and Greg Nelson. She is also survived by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren also, with many that she considered her children and grandchildren.

Madeline passed away in her home on March 17, 2014. She wished to be cremated. Arrangements are being handled by Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Madeline wished to have her ashes joined with her husband John's in the Trinity Alps in Northern California. Their son Greg Nelson will Horseback in, to join the two for eternity.

She wished for the family and friends to have a Bar-B-Que later with a date and time to be determined. Arrangements are being made by her son a Grand Ronde Tribal Member Richard Ray and his wife Kathi Ray. The Bar-B-Que will be held in the Elder Activity Center of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at Grand Ronde, Or. Our family wishes to thank the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for taking care of our mother and making her wishes possible.

John (Pappy) Nelson owned and operated his truck a MFG Home toter and Madeline (Little Mama) drove pilot car for him and many other drivers until her retirement in 2006.

A part of our hearts has gone with THEM and a part of THEIRS will ALWAYS be with US, until Our Father and Our Lord bring us TOGETHER again. Our Hearts will always miss THEM. The family wishes to thank Bollman Funeral Home for caring for them through this time. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Dallas, OR 97338
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Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 30, 2014
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