Maxene Nelson

Maxene Nelson Maxene Nelson, 92, of Visalia, was born on August 17, 1920, and died on September 18, 2012. She was born in Missouri and migrated to California with her parents, Elmer and Georgia Agee, when she was two. They lived in towns near Visalia, then settled in Visalia where Maxene attended Houston & Webster schools, graduating from VUHS in 1937. After attending COS for one year, she began working in a dentist's office. There she met her future husband, Phillip Nelson, who said he would have to return to pay as he'd forgotten his wallet. A moment later, it fell to the floor. They married in 1940. They lived a full and happy life together for more than 65 years, until his death in 2006. In her younger years, Maxene was primarily a homemaker and mother, volunteering at the PTA during her daughter's primary school years and enjoying activities with the Emblem Club, the women's auxiliary of the Elks Club. She held elected offices in both organizations. Throughout life, she enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle with friends. Her career outside the home began during WWII, when she operated the feed store they owned in Yuma, Arizona. They returned to Visalia after the war, where she later became credit manager at Sears. Subsequently, the couple operated their own businesses, first the Farmers' Market on East Mineral King and finally the Associated Nut Growers walnut processing plant on East Main, retiring from this latter business in 1980. In retirement, they continued to enjoy their second home in Wilsonia (Kings Canyon) and traveled, both by themselves and with friends, seeing much of America and something of several other countries, both near and far. Maxene continued to pursue her long-time interests of cooking and sewing, both for herself and others. She was an active member of the Church of God since 1974 and entertained many church groups and visitors at both their homes. Maxene is survived by a daughter, Sandra Green, and two grandchildren, Christopher Green and Leslie Green, all of San Francisco; and by a sister, Doris Henry, of Visalia. A second sister, Shirley Lantrip, died in 1977. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 11 at 12:30 at the Depot Restaurant, 207 East Oak, Visalia. Lunch will follow. Donations may be made to or to the , 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View CA 94043.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2012