In Memory of

Marcella Faye Nelson

March 16, 1928 - March 29, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Marcella Faye Nelson, age 91, of Cherokee, Iowa passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 at Accura Health in Ames, Iowa.

 Marcella was born March 16, 1928 in Cherokee County, IA to Frank and Mildred (Mann) Gerjets. She attended school in Cherokee and graduated from Wilson High School. While attending school, she worked at Woolworth’s and later at the telephone company in Cherokee.

 Marcella married Filmore Nelson on March 26, 1948. They lived in the Schaller, Cherokee and Larrabee areas and raised their family on a farm near Larrabee. After retiring from farming in 1986, they moved to Cherokee and were caretakers for Tim and Patty Greenwood at the Greenwood Funeral home for 18 years.

 Marcella worked at the Larrabee School lunch program and was also a Homecare Health Aide. Later she was manager of the congregate meal program in Cherokee until her retirement.

 Marcella was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. She was grateful for her faith, family and friends.

 Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kay (Bill) Flynn of Erie, CO; Barb (Marlin) Huey of Ankeny, IA; Gary (Deb) Nelson of Ames, IA and Mary (Dave) Mayer of Oak Ridge, NJ. Grandchildren: Patrick (Carrie) Flynn of Campbell, CA; Mark (Leslie) Flynn of Annapolis, MD; Laura (Matt) Kirchoffner of Erie, CO; Ryan Flynn of Seattle, WA; Sara (Teresa) Craig-Huey of Erie, CO; Aaron (Amanda) Huey of Altoona, IA; Claire (Dave) Chmura of Rogers, MN; Anne (Jeremy) Gerritsen of Jeffersonville, IN; Britt (Greg) Stephanson of Calgary, Canada; Leigh Nelson of Ames, IA; Linda Wilton of Big Sky, MT; Tyler Wilton of Salt Lake City, UT; Elliot Wilton of Vail, CO; Eric Wilton of Da Nang, Vietnam.  Great Grandchildren: Zachary, Liam and Carter Flynn; Ethan and Bradley Flynn; Kayla and Elodie Kirchoffner; Paige and Greta Chmura; Drew and Katie Gerritsen; Quinn and Harris Stephanson; Finn and Graham Craig-Huey; Anna and Ella Scott and Sophia Huey. Sisters: Mary McComb of Florida; Norma (Dean) Mongan of Cherokee and brother: Don (Carol) Gerjets of Cherokee;  sisters In-Law: Mary Ann (Merlyn) Miller of Cherokee and Mary (Bob) Nelson of Cherokee. Many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Filmore Nelson and siblings Betty Leonard, Elaine Trapp and Max Gerjets.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Jean Morse
Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Aurelia, Iowa


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 4:34 PM
“With loving memories of meeting Marcella several times visiting relatives in the US.
Her happiness, hospitality, friendliness and kind loving person will always be a part of my heart and a gift of God.
May she rest in the heavenly Father´s caring arms for ever. Elisabet from Sweden”
- Elisabet Johansson
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“Marcella was a peach and inspiration to anyone who had the fortune to know her. Sending love. ”
- Steve and Lori Thomas
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“Im so sorry to hear of Marcella's passing. I have so many fond memories of her from when we all lived at Larrabee and her working with our mom at Larrabee school. You have my sympathy and prayers for your loss.
- Denise Davis Richards
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“What memories of the Nelson family!

- Steve Conley
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss :( I have so many great memories of her! She will be missed greatly! Will be praying!”
- Hannah Driesen (Herron)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“We are deeply sadden for your loss of Marcella. We over the years had some really nice visits whenever we came across each other in town.
Dan and his family have many fond memories of the two families back in the day on the farm.
Our sincere sympathies to the family. Your in our prayers.”
- Dan & Charlotte Schueder
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“My sincere sympathies to the family. Your in my thoughts and prayers”
- Delores Schueder
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“So sorry for your loss she will be truely missed. Loved our chats when I would fix her hair. And the times we would sit on the porch at Nellie and Garlands and have tea.”
- Karen Reusch
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“Sorry to hear of your loss. Marcella always had such a warm smile whenever I would see her, whether at meals or at the nursing home, when she visited Nellie. She was a good friend to my parents, Dale and Marian Gifford. May she rest in peace.
- Jean Gifford Doran
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 4:02 PM
“So very sorry to hear about your mom. We have many fond memories of your mom & dad back on the farm as well as when they moved to Cherokee. We will never forget the Halloween they snuck in mom & dad's house with their Little Red Riding Hood & the Big Bad Wolf costumes on and scared the living daylights out of us! It took a few weeks to figure out it was them. We enjoyed many conversations with them through the years. Praying your memories help comfort you at this difficult time.”
- Kevin & Twyla Schmillen
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