Vivian Esther Nelson
Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care
414 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Vivian Esther Nelson
Ames - Vivian Esther Nelson died June 9, 2021, at Israel Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. Vivian was born in Hamilton County Iowa to John and Helen Tempel on November 25, 1932. She attended several rural elementary schools and graduated from Alden High School in 1950. She attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and taught one year of elementary school in Liscomb, Iowa. She married Dean Nelson, her high school sweetheart, on January 23, 1953. They then moved to Washington State where Dean was Stationed with the USAF. They returned to Iowa in 1956 eventually settling in Ames where she and Dean were employed by Iowa State University. Vivian retired from the College of Business in 1996. In retirement she volunteered at the Ames Public Schools and at Mary Greeley Hospital where, until 2020, she worked at the Gift Shop and the Information Desk.
Vivian loved the outdoors, walking, biking, tending her flower beds, and traveling. She loved her grand-dogs and grand-cats as well as the pets of family friends. Vivian was always the optimist. She is survived by her loving husband Dean, her son Greg Nelson of Plano, Tx and daughter and son-in-law Cathy Nelson and Tom Cousens of Canton, GA.
Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ames, Iowa 50010.
A public visitation will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021, from 4-6:00 p.m. at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010 with a memorial service held on Tuesday June 15, 2021, at 10:30 at First United Methodist Church 516 Kellogg Ames, Iowa 50010.
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Published by Ames Tribune from Jun. 12 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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414 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA
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Vivian was warm, friendly, soft-spoken. I'll always remember her for suggesting I take a chance on Marv, whom I eventually married. Dean will miss her terribly ~ I remember the way he looked at her. They knew the "secret." My condolences to Dean and family.
Vicki Stoner (Bouillon)
June 15, 2021
When I first started working at Iowa State, Vivian was working in the Dept. of Residence, and when I took a position with the College of Business, Vivian had also taken a job there! When my son was born, she gave us a beautiful blanket, which I still have. She was a thoughtful, caring person. My condolences to Dean and family.
Ann Coppernoll
June 14, 2021
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