Wendy Nelson
1959 - 2016
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Wendy Elizabeth (Hansen) Nelson
1959 - 2016
Wendy Elizabeth (Hansen) Nelson was born March 3, 1959 in California. She was eagerly awaited by Bill and Peg Hansen who adopted Wendy into their loving family. The three Hansens lived in Pleasant Hill, California until Wendy was three when they moved to Salem, Oregon and lived for ten years. Wendy loved picking beans and berries for a local farmer in the Willamette Valley, generally putting at least as much in her bucket as she ate in the process. She was always proud of her first bicycle, purchased with money she earned from the beans and berries that she didn't eat. The Hansens relocated to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1972. Bill was part of the team that located and built the Moore Business Forms plant in neighboring Jerome, Idaho and he stayed on as the plant engineer. Wendy attended junior high and high school in Twin Falls, graduating in 1977.
Wendy was a swimmer both in Salem as part of the Swim and Tennis Club and in Twin Falls on the YMCA swim team. The whole family traveled to swim meets in Oregon and all around southern Idaho, enjoying her competitive spirit. Wendy was also a loving part of the extended Quinn family of Boise, Idaho through Peg's sister Elizabeth (Bitsy) Quinn and Bitsy's husband Jim. Wendy loved betting the college sports line with Uncle Jimmy each football and basketball season. The same dollar bills passed back and forth many times, and in the end no great fortunes shifted one way or the other.
Wendy attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, joining the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. There she first met her future husband Kent Nelson. Wendy moved to Boise in 1981 and she began working as the office manager for Consolidated Concrete. Kent moved to Boise in 1984 to begin a law career and the two were married in St. Michael's Cathedral in 1986. Wendy had another family to love with Kent's parents Rose Mary and LaVerne, and his four brothers and two sisters. Through Wendy, the Nelsons and the Hansens became family quickly and completely. Fourth of July was always spent at the Nelson house in Salmon watching the holiday fireworks in the evening, followed by watching the BLM crews scramble after the ensuing fires in the foothills for the rest of the night. Wendy (and Salmon's economy) looked forward each year to shopping up and down Main Street the day after Thanksgiving.
Wendy continued working for Consolidated Concrete until the company was sold in 2006. She moved with Kent back to Moscow in September, 2006, when he became General Counsel for the University of Idaho. Wendy, having retired from Consolidated, became the indispensable "Manager of Kent" and continued as loving support for her parents in Boise. There were many trips back and forth between Moscow and Boise, and many happy days wandering the shops of the mall and of downtown Boise with Peg. With the move back to Moscow, she became active within the University of Idaho family in Moscow in many ways including as a confidant to presidential spouses and in the University's newly formed social club, welcoming new members to the University Community. She was also "Aunt" Wendy to Hillary and Gabrielle, daughters of her dear friends Grant and Cheryl Finch of Sandy Utah.
Wendy fought a brief and brave battle with cancer throughout which her first thoughts were always for her parents and her husband. She succumbed to the disease in Boise on May 8, 2016 having returned with Kent to be near her loving parents. She loved, and was loved, deeply and she will be missed greatly by her family and her many friends and colleagues.
Wendy is survived by her husband Kent and her parents Bill and Peg as well as her aunt Bitsy and various brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and lifelong friends.
There will be a celebration of Wendy's life in Boise at the Eagle Hills Golf Course clubhouse at beginning at 4:30 pm Saturday, April 21, 2016, as well as one in Moscow to be announced upon Kent's return there. Those who knew Wendy are encouraged to visit the Alden-Waggoner website at http://aldenwaggoner.blogspot.com/2016_05_01_archive.html?view=flipcard to leave thoughts and stories which will be incorporated into the celebrations. Those planning on attending the celebration of life in Boise are asked to leave an RSVP on the website as well. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, those who loved Wendy consider donations to cancer research of your choice.

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Published in Idaho Statesman on May 15, 2016.
Celebration of Life
04:30 PM
Eagle Hills Golf Course clubhouse
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September 6, 2016
Hi, I am sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort and peace be with you and your family. 2 Corinthans 1: 3 & 4
May 20, 2016
Dear Kent,
My heart is so brokenhearted for you to learn about Wendy's recent passing. She was a delight to know and loved spending time with her 3 yrs ago at the big Iowa reunion. Deepest sympathy to you and hope you know how much your family cares and are near in thought today.
Love and hugs, Margie
Margie wolf
May 19, 2016
My favorite memory of Wendy is from a few Christmas parties ago (my husband worked for Kent). Everyone was raving about her famous rum balls. She made them for the office each year, but I couldn't chime in with accolades because my husband's rum balls never made it home. They were too good that he would finish them at the office. I proceeded to tell Wendy that I had HEARD about the rum balls, but I had never tasted them. The next year, I received my very own tin - with a seal to know if my husband had gotten in to them before I did :)
Jen Costa
May 18, 2016

No words can adequately express how much Wendy is missed. She was a wonderful person and her loss is immeasurable. Know that you have many people who care about you and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jen, Jack, and I will be at the Celebration of Wendy's life this Saturday.
Guilherme Costa
May 17, 2016

What fun memories we have spending time with you and Wendy in Moscow. Please know we're thinking of you and her family and that you're in our prayers. Please count us in to celebrate her with you on Saturday.
Brett & Laura Schiller
May 17, 2016
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I'm planning to attend on Saturday.
Kay Christensen
May 17, 2016
Kent, we are so sorry to hear of Wendy's passing. We remember many fun times with you and Wendy - she was just a great person. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we plan to attend the memorial on Saturday.

Derek and Bernice Myles
Bernice Myles
May 17, 2016
Nancy and I will attend the celebration of Wendy's life on Saturday, May 21st as mentioned in the Obituary.
Terry Coffin
May 16, 2016
What a nice lady Wendy was. Our thoughts are with her family. She and Kent were a perfect match. Together they made more fun than any two people should be allowed to have. Kent, our hearts break for you.
Terry & Nancy Coffin
May 15, 2016
Kent......so sorry for your loss. Sounds like Wendy had a wonderful life with you! Treasure all the memories. ♡
Kathy (Mescher) Hansel
May 14, 2016
Kent, So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cliff and Janet (Mescher) Splinter
May 13, 2016
Kent - Brad and I are so sorry for your loss of this terrific lady. Although we are far apart we are family, and family support each other. So glad you have so much family there to help you through all of this. Take Care - Shirley and Brad Brown
Shirley Mescher Brown
May 13, 2016
My sincere condolences to Kent and Wendy's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jodie Stoddard
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