Alice Pauline Nelson

Alice Pauline Nelson

Alice Pauline Nelson, 105, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Alice Pauline Smith Nelson was born Aug. 10, 1914, in Cordell, Okla., to Sylvester Dison and Jennie Lee (Canaday) Smith. She was the seventh of 12 children; a twin. 

At the age of 14, she finished eighth grade, and by the age of 16, she was babysitting and working in the shoe factory. 

On April 19, 1931, she married Lee John Nelson in Brookfield, Mo. Lee died on June 27, 1979. 

Alice and Lee were the parents of one child, a son, Donald Lee Nelson, who also preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1991. 

Alice was wrapped in the arms of Jesus and gathered to her heavenly home on Nov. 10, 2019 from Maple Lawn Nursing Home. 

She leaves behind one sister, Wilma Payne; her daughter-in-law, Carol Ann Mette, who Alice stated she did not know what she would have done without; and two grandchildren, Kurt (Christina) Nelson and Carla (David) Carlstead, all of Palmyra. 

Also left behind are seven great-grandchildren, April (Patrick) Camden, Amy (Clifford) Schaefer, Devin (Jaclyn) Nelson, Megan (Chase) Redshaw, Rachel (Ryan) Sharp, Emily (James) Crane and Bryan (Yujiin) Nelson; and 23 great-great-grandchildren, who brought her great joy.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lee;  and her son, Donald; her brothers, Ivan, Wilburn, Kenneth, and Robert; her sisters, Elizabeth Burditt, Goldie Barnett, Dorothy Smith and Opal Smith; and her twin sister, Eleanor Willing.

Alice loved God and her family. She prayed for all of her family members daily, and relished spending time with them. 

Some of the fondest memories her great-grandchildren have of her is how much she loved singing with them while rocking them on her lap and cooking her specialties for them in her kitchen, hamburger gravy, cheesy goulash and monkey bread. 

She also found much delight in watching her great-grandchildren, and then her great-great-grandchildren play with her (in)famous Jack-in-the-Box.

She was very independent, living alone in her own home until just months before her death. Her independence did get her into trouble sometimes. The family remembers the time she decided to clean out her eaves troughs on her own one day. She was only stranded on her roof for a couple of hours before a great-grandchild arrived after school to set the ladder back up for her to climb down.

Until she could no longer see to complete the actions, she found enjoyment in painting, crocheting, quilting, crafting and gardening. She was very active in her church and the Women’s Ministry program at Palmyra First Assembly of God.

Alice left behind specific instructions to her family taken partially from a poem by Robyn Rancman: “To my family, whom I love dearly, please do not grieve for me when I am called away. Miss me when I am gone, but let me go. I am free. I’ll be watching for you.  Don’t disappoint me.”

The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to Palmyra First Assembly of God, Live Beyond Words or Pennies For Poultry.

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