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Beverly Nelson

Ankeny - Beverly Faye Sewell Nelson, 90, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away of a brain hemorrhage, on February 14, 2021. A visitation will be 1:00-2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. To view the livestream of Bev's funeral service please follow this link;

Beverly was born to Evelyn Kimball Sewell and Ora Sewell, on November 18, 1930, in Shell Rock, Iowa. Bev graduated from Shell Rock High School and continued her education at Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa). Upon graduation she taught second grade in Nora Springs and Caldwell, Iowa for two years.

Bev was married to James Nelson, on May 28, 1952. They went on to have three children, Dea, Chip, and Brian.

She was an active member of the Ankeny United Methodist Church for 58 years, where she volunteered on numerous committees and participated in United Methodist Women. Her hobbies included spoiling her family, quilting, reading, and genealogy, in which she was an integral part in helping to establish The Ankeny Genealogical Chapter.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Jim; their three children, Dea Nelson (Jerry) Green of Johnston, Iowa, Chip Nelson of West Des Moines, Iowa, Brian (Joni) Nelson, of Plymouth, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Chase (Holli) Nelson, of Plymouth, Minnesota, Abby (John) Bilyk, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Alex Nelson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two great grandchildren, Rowan Nelson and Blake Bilyk.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Ora Sewell and her brother, Dean.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Ankeny First United Methodist Church or the Iowa Genealogical Chapter.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 21, 2021
Dear Jim and family. We are in Texas and our hearts were saddened to learn of Beverly’s passing. She will be missed. Her kindness and beautiful smile will be remembered. May you precious memories comfort you. May God Bless you and give you peace and strength.
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LOWell & Mary Smith
February 18, 2021
I got to know Bev through the Iowa Genealogical Society. She will be missed. She was always cheerful and interested in others. I loved talking to her.
Debra Chase
February 17, 2021
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February 17, 2021
Brian and Family,

Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Your ZTR family
February 17, 2021
I enjoyed Bev on our small group quilting. She worked a long time on her hand embroidered floral comforter. Kay Huntimer
Kay Huntimer
February 16, 2021
Beverly was a very special friend to me-we enjoyed talking to one another on the phone or always got together when she came to Shell Rock. My sympathy and prayers go out to Jim and his family. She will be missed by all. Virginia McEnany Waverly, Iowa
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