Dorothy F. Nelson, age 92 of Kearney, NE, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 with her family by her side, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born on November 25, 1923 in rural Atkinson, IL. She was the second of four children born to John L. and Louise (Wyffels) Floming. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith and continued her faith through attending Protestant churches. Dorothy grew up in rural areas of Atkinson and Cambridge, IL and attended one room schools through the 10th grade when it became necessary for her to begin working off the farm to help her family during the Great Depression. She later completed a GED.
On August 12, 1943 Dorothy was united in marriage to Spencer Vernon Nelson, a Cambridge, IL young man. They made their home in San Diego, CA after Spencer was discharged from the Navy following WWII.
To this union three children were born: Cheryl, Ronald and Teresa. Dorothy was a homemaker and devoted mother during their early childhood. She was active in PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and church activities. Later she worked for Convair helping to build the F-102A and other aircraft. She supported her husband in his endeavor to rebuild antique airplanes. Later in life, she was employed as a home health provider with Kaiser Permanente.
In 1992 Dorothy moved to Henderson, NE to be close to family. She cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. She was their ultimate encourager. In 2007 she moved to Kearney to again be close to family. Dorothy was a supporter of the Samaritan’s Purse and the Smile Train.
She was preceded in death by her son, Capt. Ronald Nelson, USAF, parents, one sister, Marjorie Williams, and two brothers, John “Jack” Floming and Richard Floming.
Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Cheryl (Kent) Erickson of Clarks, NE and Teresa (Donald) Wall of Kearney; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Steffen of Tulare, CA, Lori (Trevor) Wilfhoft of Clarks, Michael (Andrea) Wall of Henderson, Ronald (Kiley) Wall of Kearney, Bryce (Anna) Wall of Colorado Springs, Co and Amanda (fiancé Jake Clouse) Wall of Friend; seven great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Pat Floming, Norma Floming, and many nephews and nieces.
Private services will be held Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, NE. The Reverend Jim Voth will officiate. Interment will be in the Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Bethesda Radio Broadcast Fund.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.