Opal Marie Nelson


Opal Marie Nelson, 97, of Cottage Grove, OR passed away on January 15, 2020.  She was born on July 1, 1922 in Huntington County, IN to parents Oliver P. and Martha M. (Mason) Land.  Opal graduated from Huntington High School in 1939.  She married James B. Nelson on February 29, 1944 in Santa Monica, CA in The Chapel of the Dawn.  Opal was a Rosie The Riveter serving during WW II working on the Douglas Aircraft and airplane construction.  She was loved and admired by many; she worked in nursing, was a realtor, a businesswoman, wife, mother and homemaker.  Opal loved dancing, traveling, entertaining, history and genealogy, music and people.  She was a long-time resident of Cottage Grove, member of the United Methodist Church, Barbershop Choir Support and Rosie The Riveters.  Opal is survived by her daughters, Anne Shepard (Steve), Creswell, OR; Robin Masterson (Fred), Redmond, OR; Dawn Nelson, Nikiski, AK; 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband James Nelson and 3 sons, Mark B., Jon O., and J. Roger Nelson.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on February 8, 2020 at the United Methodist Church, 334 Washington Ave., Cottage Grove.  Reception to directly follow the service at Cottage Grove Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to The South Lane Family Relief Nursery, PO Box 1207, Cottage Grove, OR. Arrangements in the care of Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove, OR.

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