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“I knew Anna Mae from our quilting group and she used to drop in for a visit when she came to DL. Its been a long time since we sat at the table,...Read More »
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Anna Mae (Gibbons) Nelson was born in Jamestown, ND, August 18, 1920, and lived in Nortonville, ND, until 1927, when the family moved near Frazee. Anna Mae attended country school until the eighth grade, then attended Frazee High School graduating in 1938. After graduation, she worked as the secretary for the school principal. Funeral Services for Anna Mae will be held Thursday, September 21 at 11AM in Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 20 at Furey Funeral Home from 5pm-7pm with a 7pm Prayer Service. Visitation will also continue at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will be held in Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee. Leave online condolences at www.fureyfh.com. June 15, 1940, she married Lawrence Raymond Nelson of Frazee. Later, they moved into their own home which they built. They had two children: John Lawrence and Sharon Anne. Anna Mae worked in the Frazee Turkey Plant, Krause’s Grocery Store, Our Own Hardware, and later the Star Drug Store. After retirement, she worked part-time as receptionist at the Furey Funeral Home. Anna Mae had several interests throughout the years including: whist dinner parties, square dancing, sewing club, and Lakes Area Quilters. She enjoyed embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, hardanger, crocheting, knitting, quilting, and other needle work. Anna Mae was a member of Baptist Church until closing and then became a member of the Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes. Quilting was one of Anna Mae’s passions, winning many blue ribbons and grand champions. The foster children, the crisis center and mission were blessed by her many quilts. Anna Mae was a member of the Lakeside Cemetery Association and Treasurer for fifteen years. She lived in her home for 72 years before moving to assisted living at the Frazee Care Center. Anna Mae was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eva Gibbins; husband, Lawrence; grandchild, Randy Nelson; and 1 great grandchild, Jerad Nelson. Surviving Anna Mae are her two children: John (Caroline) Nelson of Ottertail, MN and Sharon (Alfred) Johnson of Hope, ND; 4 grandchildren: Corey (Kent) Jonson, Dawn Blilie, Lynnette (Rick) Anderson and Brenda (Ryan) Larson; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

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