Ms. Mary Josephine Nelson

Jul 30, 1938 - Apr 26, 2021 (Age 82)

Palm Desert, California


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Forest Lawn - Cathedral City Obituary

On 4/26/21, Mary Jo Nelson, lost a valiant battle with cancer when she passed quietly in her home in Southern California with her daughter Andrea at her side.
Mary Josephine, born 7/30/38, In Davenport Iowa, was one of five children born to Eloise Arnould Van Camp and Albert "Al" Van Camp, Sr.
Mary Jo wed Don N. Nelson in 1958 and five children were born of the marriage. Mary Jo and Don raised their children in the Quad Cities Area of Moline Illinois and Indianapolis, IN. Mary Jo moved to Southern California in 1989 where she spent almost 1/3 of her life. She loved the desert and the mountains in So Cal
Mary Jo retired from The Berger Foundation in 2014 and enjoyed spending her time reading and taking classes including Architecture, Graphology and Pragmatism.
She is survived by two sisters, Eloise "Bootsy" Hult of Kansas City, KS and Iva Marie Kelley and husband Ron, of Lafayette, IN; Her children, John & Theresa Nelson of Orlando, FL; Anne Nelson of Indianapolis, IN; Mike & Lauren Nelson of Dallas, TX; Jeff & Vickie Nelson of San Diego, CA; Andrea Nelson of Phoenix, AZ; and her three grandchildren, Christopher Nelson, Samantha Hailey Nelson, and Erin Nelson Pritzker. and 17 nieces and nephews!
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her Sister, Roberta Van Camp Kealy and her 2 brothers Albert J. "Joe" Van Camp, Jr. and Anthony A. "Tony" Van Camp, Sr.

Services for Family and Friends will be held on June 9, 2021, at 8 am at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City, CA. All are welcome!

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